NAVAL ACADEMY GRAD AND "TOP GUN" FLIGHT
We think LT Daniel Chase Harris, son of a Navy command pilot and grandson of an admiral, needs psychiatric help more than rotting in a prison cell for the rest of his life.
In all our years covering self-destructive behavior, we can't recall anyone who had so much going for him, and then blew it all to hell.
Harris graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2005 and was an instructor at the famed "Top Gun" fighter-pilot school in California. He could have been a four-striper captain or even a flag officer someday if he'd controlled his dark urges, but that was not to be.
OFFICER SOUGHT CHILD-PORN ONLINE
It was during 2011-2013, while he was a hot pilot at Oceania NAS, that he started posing as a teen-age boy online and hooking up with underage girls. Investigators tell MilitaryCorruption.com that Harris would get the girls to send him nude photos. Then, after a period of time, he'd threaten to make the images public, if they did not further cooperate with his sick fantasies. One of the fighter jock's victims was only 12 years old, and later attempted suicide.
Convicted of possession, production of, and receipt of child pornography earlier this year, Harris's career was already over when he did something - the U.S. Attorney's Office claims - that is so nonsensical, one would think he as trying to get caught.
In a sensational report by the respected VIRGINIAN-PILOT newspaper of Norfolk, Va., it was revealed that Harris allegedly wrote a letter to the Chinese embassy in Washington, using a different name, saying he was wiling to exchange information about Naval aircraft and training methods if he received help to "bust out" of his cell at the local jail. Included in the communication was a crude map of a floor plan showing where the convicted officer was held.
CRAZY LETTER TO THE CHINESE EMBASSY
"Attached is a partial list of information I possess that I believe you would be very interested in having," Harris allegedly wrote. "All I ask in return is that you break me out."
Then the document supposedly gave details about the F-35 Joint-Strike fighter plane and other aircraft that Harris had flown.
"Once I am out, and under your protection, all my knowledge is yours," the instructor pilot is alleged to have said.
Defense attorney Andrew Sacks claims the letter is a phony and that his client had been "set up" by the Navy for some nefarious reason.
Whoever is telling the truth here, Daniel White, whose wife has already divorced him, is slated to be sentenced on July 13 and could get life imprisonment. Maybe the best place for him to be confined is on a mental ward.