Florida gay air force Capt accused of rape found guilty

Anthony Cuesta | March 06, 2007

MIAMI — A military jury in South Florida found an Air Force officer guilty on Tuesday of raping four servicemen and attempting to rape two others.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Capt. Devery L. Taylor could get up to life in prison.

Prosecutors claimed Taylor would meet men in bars and spike their drinks with the drug GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) so he could kidnap them. He was charged with two counts of attempted sodomy, four counts of forcible sodomy, two counts of kidnapping and one count of unlawful entry.

Taylor, 38, said during his testimony that he and five of the men had consensual sex and that the sixth man raped him, reports All Headline News.

According to AHN, Taylor's civilian defense attorney, Martin Regan, said Taylor's only offense was violating the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which prohibits people who are openly homosexual from serving in the military.

Regan said the men who claimed Taylor raped them were lying to protect their careers.

"My client is an admitted homosexual involved in consensual homosexual relationships and let's let the military deal with it in the right forum, not in a court-martial," Regan said, reports AHN.

According to AP, Military prosecutor Maj. Kathleen Reder said after the verdict was read, "I am pleased. I am emotional, but I am very, very pleased."

She said of the victims who testified, "These men can sit up a little straighter now; I am proud of them."

Sentencing is to begin Wednesday. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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