NAVY CHAPLAIN ACCUSED OF RAPE
AT ARTICLE 32 HEARING IN NORFOLK
LT SHANE DILLMAN SAID TO HAVE SEDUCED
HELPLESS YOUNG FEMALE SAILORS OVER
THREE-YEAR PERIOD - "GET ME GITTINS," HE
SAYS AND PIT-BULL ATTORNEY TEARS APART
ACCUSER TESTIMONY - DEFENSE ADMITS
CHAPLAIN COMMITTED ADULTERY BUT CLAIMS
ALL SEXUAL RELATONS WERE "CONSENSUAL"
Either he's a devout "man of God" or a devious womanizer. Each conflicting portrait emerged from a contentious Article 32 hearing held at the Naval Base in Norfolk, Va.
Chaplain (Lt.) Shane Dillman, 35, onetime "Junior Officer of the Year" at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., sat silent during the proceedings, his "pit-bull" defense attorney Charles Gittins by his side.
Hair close-cropped in a military cut, wedding ring on his finger, the seemingly pious Pentecostal pastor didn't wince once as he heard himself described as a dangerous "rapist" who terrorized young enlisted women, "forcing" them to have sex with him.
LENGTHY LAUNDRY LIST OF SEX OFFENSES BY PENTACOSTAL CHAPLAIN
Dillman is in big trouble. He's accused of multiple counts of sexual misconduct: rape, adultery, fraternization, and allegedly threatening at least one of his "victims." She claimed he bragged he was the second most powerful man on their ship, after the captain, and all he had to do was make one phone call and she and her family could be "in trouble."
According to the sailor, the chaplain even invoked the IRS as a terror tool, allegedly boasting that he could have the young woman's parents' tax returns audited if she didn't give in to his lustful desires.
Under penalties set down by the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice), Dillman could go to prison for a very long time. However, that's not always the case. A Catholic chaplain at Annapolis (see related stories box below) sodomized young sailors and one Marine who came to him for counseling while knowing he was HIV-positive. That chaplain got a slap-on-the-wrist and only two years incarceration.
MANY "RAPES" OVER A THREE YEAR PERIOD,
BOTH IN CONUS AND OVERSEAS
The alleged rapes and other sexual acts were said to have taken place between 2005 and the end of 2007. Dillman, honored with a distinguished service award from the Military Chaplains Association, was then the command chaplain aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. That ship is now being refueled at Norfolk. Other offenses were said to have occurred in Kuwait, the Wilmington and Jacksonville areas of North Carolina, Hampton Roads, Va. and Bethesda, Md.
Gittins, famed for shooting big holes in shaky and at times false testimony, had a field day taking apart the tearful "recollections" of one of the chaplain's E-3 accusers. He got her to admit she had numerous conversations on the phone and "stayed friendly" with Dillman long after they had sexual relations.
The relentless defense attorney got another female rape "victim" to relate how she went to a movie with the chaplain, had dinner with him, followed by sex in a hotel on one occasion and twice more in an apartment. Like the other complainants, phone records showed she had frequent and lengthy phone conversations with her alleged "rapist."
CAUGHT BY A "BOYFRIEND," ONE OF CHAPLAIN'S VICTIMS YELLS "RAPE"
By now, dear reader, you may be wondering why these women are in a courtroom pointing the finger at the admittedly adulterous clergyman. It came out in testimony that one of the female sailors was sleeping with a Navy petty officer third class "boyfriend" - the young lady is not exactly "Rebecca from Sunnybrook Farm" - and he discovered intimate messages to and from Dillman on the female's mobile phone while she was out shopping.
That started the snowball rolling downhill. Never mind the "victims" were old enough to know what they were doing and accept gifts and favors from the chaplain in exchange for sex. To hear them tell it, all of a sudden it dawned on them they were innocent as lambs and being "manipulated" and "taken advantage of" by a lustful ogre.
The tears didn't flow only in the courtroom. One accuser testified via telephone from her current duty station in Iraq where she serves as a hospital corpsman.
"We met at a group Bible study at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait," she said, and became "close friends" with Dillman. It wasn't long before the two would meet in an empty office, she recalled, lock the door, and have sex.
"We knew we were doing something we weren't supposed to do," she tearfully testified.
Another of the females, identified as Petty Officer Rian Phelps, admitted Dillman loaned her money multiple times and even bought her a necklace as a gift. But the chaplain, she charged, once called her to his quarters for counseling and was only dressed in his underwear. Phelps was duly horrified at such a sight and that offense was added to the charge sheet laundry list.
THIS CHEATING CHAPLAIN DESERVES THE BOOT
Despite feminist fumings that we are being soft on the cheating chaplain, rest assured, ladies, we are not. Dillman is a dirt bag and has disgraced the chaplain's corps and the Navy. He deserves to be booted out and perhaps do jail time. Unlike the civilian world, adultery is a big "no-no" in the military, especially when the brass deign to prosecute it. In other words, when they aren't involved.
You have to feel sorry for Dillman's dutiful wife, staying loyal to her hubby no matter what. While most betrayed wives would want to take a two-by-four stick over the chaplain's head, Danielle Dillman branded the accusations against her sleazy hubby as "absolutely false"
"My prayers are that the truth and lies will be exposed and that God will be glorified through the whole thing," she said.
It's so sad. It makes you wonder if she "tuned out" or went into deep denial when her husband's defense attorney stated for the record that while Chaplain Dillman was a frequent adulterer, he only had "consensual sex." Maybe that makes it a little easier for a spouse to reconcile, but we doubt it.