US Military Nude Photo Investigation Finds Images Of Male Soldiers Having Sex On Gay Porn Sites

After initially focusing on images shared online of female service members without their consent, a U.S. military investigation has expanded to include gay porn websites featuring men in military uniforms engaged in sex.

Writes USA Today:

In the case of the sites with gay pornography, military investigators will be tasked with determining whether active-duty troops were involved in conduct that could bring discredit on their service, a potential violation of military law.

Whereas the women’s photos were originally reported to have shown up on private social media site Marines United, we now know “men in the uniforms of sailors, soldiers and airmen also appear on an array of Tumblr sites.”

It’s unclear if these men provided consent for their photos to be shared publicly. It is possible they would have limited protection under military law if those images were captured initially with their consent.

“On some of the gay Tumblr sites, fully dressed troops appear in photos with their name tags visible. At least one such Marine did not agree for his photo to be republished amid a sea of images of men having sex.”

The Pentagon has established a joint military task force to handle the investigation, with members of the Navy, Marine, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard on it.

Continued USA Today:

Punishment, including court martial, is possible if active duty troops can be identified on the pornographic websites, said Don Christensen, president of Protect Our Defenders, an advocacy organization for victims of sexual abuse in the military.

Precedent exists for booting troops from the ranks for posing nude in men’s magazines, said Christensen, who was also the top prosecutor for the Air Force. Court martial would be possible for troops who posted images of themselves in uniform exposing themselves or having sex.

There is a defense for free speech and freedom of expression, he said. But the military has wide latitude in disciplining or dismissing troops for conduct that affects good order and discipline. Photos such as these, he said, certainly fill that bill.