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HIV-Pos Navy Priest Charged With Unprotected Sex

Posted by pozlife on December 6, 2007

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: December 5, 2007 – 5:00 pm ET

(Washington) A Roman Catholic priest who is a Navy chaplain has been accused of with having sex with other men in the military and not disclosing he is HIV-positive.

Lt. Cmdr. John Thomas Matthew Lee, 42, is charged with sodomy, aggravated assault, indecent assault, fraternization and conduct unbecoming a military officer.

The Marine Corps has not released details of the allegations, but the Navy Times, citing sources, reports that the aggravated assault charges related to his being HIV-positive but not telling his sexual partners. In 1991 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces approved the use of the aggravated assault charge in such cases.

Lee’s court-martial will begin Thursday at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia.

Lee is currently a patient at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. Contacted by the Navy Times he refused to comment on the case.

He was relieved of his military duties and disallowed to perform Mass in June after the allegations began to surface.

The Navy Times reports that Lee served as a chaplain at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., from 2003 to 2006, and was then transferred to Quantico.

From April 2001 to September 2003, Lee was stationed in Gaeta, Italy, with Naval Forces Europe, 6th Fleet Detachment, and on the guided-missile cruiser Port Royal from 1998 to 2001.

The paper said that more than 25 priests working in the military diocese have faced allegations of sexual misconduct in the past 30 years.

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