NAVY LIEUTENANT GETS PRISON IN PLEA DEAL
ON POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN - PEDRO
MORIN'S PENDING PROMOTION TO 0-4 GONE
SUPPLY OFFICER ABOARD USS MOUNT WHITNEY
TO SERVE 15 MONTHS IN BRIG AT MANNHEIM
HAD FACED UP TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON
IF CASE HAD GONE TO COURT-MARTIAL
Pedro Morin's career was on a roll. The Navy lieutenant was slated to be promoted to 0-4 in April and he loved his job as supply officer on the 6th Fleet's USS Mount Whitney.
But instead of a bright future, Lt. Morin is on his way to the U.S. military brig at Mannheim, Germany. He'll be there for the next 15 months, a big reduction in the five years prison time he could have received if his case had gone forward to court-martial.
The 33 year-old officer fought to hold back tears in a Naples, Italy courtroom as he apologized to his family, the Navy and "the children I victimized."
Investigators didn't find one or two kiddie porn pix on Morin's computer. Nearly 400 images - both still and video - were discovered. It was not known as of press time how long the lieutenant had been ogling the forbidden sex scenes.
Morin was charged last fall with two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of receiving the perverted materials. He also was hit with Article 133, that old stand-by, "conduct unbecoming an officer."
The Austin, Tex. man at least had the good sense to know his goose was cooked. Rather than fight the charges and likely lose, the once up-and-coming Navy officer will cut his losses and do his time behind bars.
But the stigma of such a conviction will stay with him for life. Morin will have to register as a "sex offender" when he gets out of the lock-up. And that means his chances of having any type of meaningful employment on the outside will be severely limited.