Soldiers
arraigned in gay sex scandal

Two of the three
82nd Airborne Division paratroopers from Fort Bragg,
N.C., who were charged with having sex for money on a gay
porn Web site were arraigned this week, reports the
news Web site Fayetteville Online. Pfc. Wesley K.
Mitten was arraigned on Monday, and Pvt. Kagen B. Mullen
was arraigned on Tuesday. Both pleaded not guilty. Their
cases were referred by the 82nd to special
courts-martial.

The
courts-martial were scheduled for April, but a specific date
was not set, said Master Sgt. Christopher J. Fletcher,
a division spokesman. The third paratrooper, Spc.
Richard T. Ashley, is awaiting arraignment, Fletcher
said. No date was given.

All three
soldiers were charged with pandering, wrongfully engaging in
sexual acts over the Internet for money, and sodomy, the
division said in a statement last month. Mullen also
was charged with adultery.

Four other
soldiers received nonjudicial punishment for the same
offenses. The Army is not required to disclose the names of
soldiers punished under Article 15. The four unnamed
soldiers were reduced to private, forfeited half a
month’s pay for two months, performed extra
work, and were restricted to Fort Bragg for 45 days. The
Army is seeking discharges for all seven men.

According to
Fayetteville Online, the porn Web site is registered to
Dennis Ashe, owner of three Fayetteville-based production
companies—Active Duty Productions, Pink Bird Media,
and New Fame Media. The site’s content is
protected by a password and is not accepting new
members from North Carolina. (Advocate.com)

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