Pfc. Richard T. Ashley, an 82nd Airborne Army paratrooper, pleaded guilty on Thursday to performing sex acts on a military-themed gay porno Web site. The judge in the case had denied a motion by the defense that would have dismissed the charges.
Ashley was one of three 82nd Airborne Division members charged with sodomy, pandering, and wrongfully engaging in sexual acts over the Internet for money. Two of those pleaded not guilty and four other soldiers have already received nonjudicial punishment.
"Homosexual orientation alone is not a bar to service, but homosexual conduct is incompatible with military service,” states the military's “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Anyone who violates this policy can be removed from the military.