Saturday, February 25, 2006

US Army Gay Porn Video

The US Army has charged seven paratroopers from the celebrated 82nd Airborne Division with engaging in sex acts in video shown on a website.

Three of the soldiers face courts-martial on charges of sodomy, pandering and engaging in sex acts for money, according to a statement released today by the military. Four other soldiers, whose names were not released, received non-judicial punishments. The army has recommended that all be discharged.

The charges do not mention the name of the site, but the division has said previously it was investigating allegations that soldiers appeared on a gay pornography website. A spokesman for the division said on Friday the charges are a result of that investigation.

The military-themed website on which the army has said soldiers appeared does not make any direct reference to the division or Fort Bragg, a sprawling post about 115 kilometres south of Raleigh, North Carolina.

"As far as we're concerned, it's isolated to the unit, and our investigation determined that these seven individuals were the only ones" involved, said 82nd Airborne spokesman Major Thomas Earnhardt.

Earnhardt said the three soldiers charged criminally under the Uniform Code of Military Justice had been appointed military lawyers, but he said the lawyers would be unavailable for comment on Friday.

The three soldiers who face courts-martial are: Specialist Richard Ashley, Private Wesley Mitten and Private Kagen Mullen.

The Army did not release their ages or hometowns, but said all seven paratroopers were members of the 2nd Battalion of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

The nonjudicial punishment received by the four other soldiers included reduction to the rank of private, 45 days of restriction to the unit area, 45 days of extra duty and forfeiture of a month's pay.

The registered owner of the website's domain name lists an address in Fayetteville, the city that adjoins Fort Bragg.

The 15,000 paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne are among the Army's most elite soldiers, all having volunteered to serve in a unit that trains to deploy anywhere in the world within 18 hours.

The military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy states that "homosexual orientation alone is not a bar to service, but homosexual conduct is incompatible with military service."

Service members who violate the policy are removed from the military.

AP

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