WHAT KIND OF "JUSTICE" IS THIS? NAVY
CHAPLAIN AND CATHOLIC PRIEST INFECTED
WITH HIV VIRUS GETS "SLAP-ON-WRIST"
(TWO YEARS) IN PLEA BARGAIN DEAL AFTER
ADMITTING SEX WITH MIDSHIPMEN, MARINE
CPL AT QUANTICO, AND AIR FORCE LT
COLONEL - LTCDR JOHN LEE POSED NUDE
IN HIS NAVAL ACADEMY OFFICE STANDING
IN FRONT OF CRUCIFIX - HUGE AMOUNT
OF PORN FOUND ON CHAPLAIN'S COMPUTER
PEVERTED PRIEST MAY BE OUT OF BRIG
IN 19 MONTHS "WITH TIME OFF FOR GOOD
BEHAVIOR" HIS SLICK LAWYER SAYS
Chaplain Lee is a lowlife. Of that we are sure. But he's also a very lucky man.
The Catholic priest and former chaplain at the U.S. Naval Academy could waltz out of the brig in a matter of months, thanks to a plea bargain deal struck by his slick lawyer, David Sheldon.
Why the military judge - Marine Col. Steven Day - agreed to such a "slap-on-the-wrist," when charges against LTCDR John T. M. Lee could have sent the Navy man to the DB for life, is beyond us. It makes a mockery of the military justice system when someone like this perverted priest can disgrace his uniform in such a way and get off so easily.
TO THOSE HE "COUNSELED" - A BETRAYAL OF TRUST
Investigators were sickened by what they found. Not just a huge amount of gay pornography on the chaplain's computer, but photographs of the Naval officer standing nude in front of a crucifix in his office at Bancroft Hall in Annapolis.
In another nauseating image, Lee is pictured sitting naked on a sofa in his chaplain's office, flanked by an image of the Virgin Mary on one side and a framed photo of Marine Gen. Peter Pace on the other. Pace is the former Rumsfeld bootlicker who was forced out as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff when new Defense Secretary Robert Gates took over.
Chaplain Lee betrayed the trust of those who came to him for counseling. One midshipman recalled being propositioned by the priest and, in panic and confusion, pointing to a picture of the Pope hanging on the wall. "Oh, that?" Lee allegedly said. "That's just for the folks who come in here."
MilitaryCorruption.com has learned Lee would ply his victims with alcohol to overcome any inhibitions they might have. Then he would use his rank and position to get his way. The chaplain even admitted he lied about his "HIV-positive" status to "avoid rejection" by another officer he wanted to have relations with.
ANOTHER "SWEETHEART DEAL" FOR A FORMER OFFICER
AT THE NAVAL ACADEMY
Charged with "forcible sodomy, aggravated assault" and other crimes, the chaplain got such a sweetheart deal it boggles the mind. The only other "punishment" we recall being less was when a former faculty member and female lieutenant commander at the Naval Academy was found to be a part-time prostitute for the infamous "D.C. Madam."
That officer had a list of very prominent clients and parlayed her bargaining chip into a transfer and "slap-on-the-wrist." Anyone else would have had their security clearance yanked and been put out of the Navy. But apparently it's more important to protect the identity of the top brass she slept with (we hear an editor for a well-known civilian military publication in the Washington, D.C. area was also a customer of hers) than properly punish wrongdoing on the female officer's part. After all, to give her the same penalty a male would have received, wouldn't be "politically correct."
As for now ex-Chaplain Lee, he hasn't done any favors for the tarnished image of his religious faith. It's one thing for the media to report stories about priests molesting altar boys. That's almost treated with a yawn these days, it's such a routine thing. But for a military chaplain to mock and abuse his role as a Catholic priest before those who trusted and once respected him, is even for us - and we've seen and reported on most everything - beyond the pale.
WILL THERE BE ANY "FOLLOW-UP," OR WILL THIS SCANDAL BE SWEPT UNDER THE RUG?
What will happen to Lee's victims and sex partners? A very good question, especially in view of the fact one of them is an Air Force light (in the loafers) colonel. Will he be court-martialed? One of the midshipmen the corrupt Lee "counseled" is now an ensign on active duty. A Marine corporal at Quantico, who was intimidated by the chaplain's rank and gave in to the Naval officer's aggressive approach, is now out of the service and seeking psychiatric help.
Isn't the damage done by this selfish, reckless and thoroughly dishonest officer worth more than a few month's confinement? We think so.
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