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.