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82nd Airborne amateur porn artists arraigned

Paratroopers from the elite 2nd Battalion of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment have been charged with “engaging in sex acts” on a military-themed gay web site (ActiveDuty.com). Since they are pleading not guilty, I’m curious about what the defense strategy might be — it wasn’t them on the site, or that they weren’t paid? (WRAL):

Both Pfc. Wesley K. Mitten, who was arraigned Monday, and Pvt. Kagen B. Mullen, who was arraigned Tuesday, pleaded not guilty.

The 82nd Airborne referred their cases to special courts-martial, which were scheduled for April, said division spokesman Master Sgt. Christopher J. Fletcher. The third paratrooper, Spc. Richard T. Ashley, is awaiting arraignment, Fletcher said.

All three soldiers are charged with pandering, wrongfully engaging in sexual acts over the Internet for money, and sodomy. Mullen also faces adultery charges.

…Four other soldiers, whose names have not been released, received what the military calls nonjudicial punishments for appearing on the Web site, believed to be based in Fayetteville, and have been discharged from the Army. Army officials have not said what kind of separation they received — an honorable discharge, or lower.

In February, it was announced that the men in question had to be removed from their barracks — the Army made sure to say that it wasn’t for their safety.

WRAL has video here.

Previously:
* 82nd Airborne paratroopers on gay porn site?
* 82nd ‘Airporn’ soldiers moved from barracks

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