Fort Bragg Investigating Claims Of Gay Porn Site
Posted January 30, 2006 4:37 a.m. EST
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Fort Bragg is investigating accusations of inappropriate conduct that appear tied to a gay pornography Web site. The Fayetteville-based site claims to have pictures of active-duty soldiers.
At the center of the military investigation is whether Fort Bragg paratroopers participated. The 82nd Airborne Division says it started investigating this week, and that this case could lead to criminal charges.
The Web site shows men in sexual situations with other men, saying they're "real military men."
The site lists its custodian of records and producer as D. Ashe, and it gives an address along Cain Road in Fayetteville. When WRAL went to the address, a young man said it was wrong place and he didn't know anyone with the last name "Ashe."
An 82nd Airborne Division representative said the unit is investigating. Without specifically referring to the Web site, the division issued a statement saying it "uncovered alleged improper activities that could pose harm to our paratroopers, their families, and our unit's readiness."
The statement also says the alleged conduct "may lead to degradation of the unit's morale and the good order and discipline" of the unit and Army.
The 82nd Airborne says so far no one has been disciplined. However, several soldiers have been "flagged", meaning they can't be promoted or receive awards until the investigation is over.