If you've been reading Military.com this month, there's been a flood of news about child sexual abuse in the military.
MarinesMarine Col. Daniel Wilson was sentenced to 5 1/2 years behind bars and discharged from the Marine Corps after being found guilty of sexually abusing a six-year-old girl. Because Wilson was a colonel, the trial had to make special accommodations for his rank and the trial required a team of roughly a dozen East Coast-based Marine colonels to escort him to and from court.
NavyNavy Petty Officer 1st Class Gregory Kyle Seerden, a member of SEAL Team 1 in San Diego, pleaded guilty to charges he recorded himself molesting a sleeping child but also the subject of "multiple open investigations" by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. He faces a minimum of 15 years when he is sentenced Jan. 18 in U.S. District Court in Norfolk,
Air ForceAir Force Academy cadet Jacob Cook got 30 months in prison after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of child pornography and secretly videotaping women in the shower. Authorities found hundreds of questionable pictures on Cook's electronic equipment. In court, he admitted a fetish for young teenaged girls.
Is this just an unfortunate cluster of bad actors? Or does the military have a serious problem that needs to be aggressively rooted out and dealt with? Should the Pentagon do more to screen recruits to prevent this kind of depraved behavior in the United States military? Sound off!