Once in a great while we come across a story so impossibly ironic, twisted and astounding that we simply can’t find the words:
A Roman Catholic priest and former chaplain at the Naval Academy who is HIV-positive is expected to plead guilty Thursday to exploiting his position of authority to have sexual relations — both forced and consensual — with male service members, according to military officials and sources familiar with the case.
What!? A priest with HIV having sex with service members? Doesn’t get any more scandalous than that, right? Wrong:
Lt. Cmdr. John Thomas Lee, 42, came into contact with some of his alleged victims, including gay midshipmen, after they were referred to him for counseling under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on homosexuality, sources said.
Wait, wait – this HIV positive military priest allegedly raped/fucked servicemen who were sent to counseling under a law prohibiting openly homosexuality? You can’t make this stuff up.
The allegations against Lee go all the way back to 2003. The 42-year old faces life imprisonment for a litany of offenses: “aggravated assault, indecent assault, fraternization, forcible and consensual sodomy, and conduct unbecoming an officer.” And especially unbecoming a catholic priest officer.