March 11, 2016 at 9:00 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Gay Air Force lieutenant court martial trial scheduled
Joshua Seefried, gay news, Washington Blade

Gay Air Force Lt. Joshua Seefried is facing sexual assault charges in connection with a 2012 incident at a New York hotel. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The court martial trial for a gay U.S. Air Force lieutenant who faces sexual assault charges is scheduled to take place in August.

The Judge Advocate General’s Corps for the U.S. Air Force on its website said that Joshua Seefried’s trial will begin in Fort Meade, Md., on Aug. 22. It is expected to last roughly a week.

Seefried has been charged with wrongful and abusive sexual conduct and sodomy. The charges stem from allegations that Seefried performed sexual acts on a gay U.S. Marine in a New York hotel room in 2012 while he was intoxicated and unable to give consent.

Seefried in 2010 founded OutServe, a group for LGBT service members that played a significant role in the repeal of the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. A copy of the accuser’s resume the Washington Blade obtained says he advised the White House on repealing the law that then-President Bill Clinton signed in 1993.

The Blade in December reported that U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James appeared to deny Seefried’s request to resign in exchange for dropping the court martial. The trial is scheduled to take place more than four years after the alleged sexual assault took place.

Seefried’s lawyer did not respond to the Blade’s request for comment.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

  • Why would you get drunk and go to a hotel room alone with a person who is probably interested in you sexually?

  • Even gay men need to know that silence is not consent.

  • The true will come out

  • The men and women who selflessly serve our country deserve better than to be led by career-centered, promotion-seeking cowards.

    False allegations of sexual misconduct in military strike with terrifying accuracy and absolute power. False accusations destroy the lives and careers of the accused; the same can be said of those with the courage to stand up for innocent service members. Our current military Commanders have taken note and become too cowed to intervene; thus causing wrongfully accused service members to lose their careers and/or end up in prison. Major Gen. Darryl Burke, commander of the Air Force District of Washington is one of those cowardly commanders.

    “Major Gen. Darryl Burke, commander of the Air Force District of Washington, disregarded (Judge) Preston’s recommendation and ordered the case go to trial in a court martial at Joint Base Andrews.” (Washington Blade)

    This is just another case of a military Judge making a
    recommendation based on the facts/evidence and a General with no legal training ignoring the Judge. Permitting Generals to completely disregard the legal recommendations of a military Judge is counter-intuitive and corrupt.

    The brave men and women who have selflessly volunteered to protect our country deserve better.

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