US Marine on Trial for Moral Offense

Update: The Marine, who is not named, was convicted, receiving a reprimand and loss of pay.

The US Marine Corps is court-martialing a Staff Sergeant for adultery:

A Marine is on trial at Camp Pendleton on charges of committing adultery and then lying to investigators by saying she was drunk and had been raped.

Though “prosecutions are rare,” unnamed “officials” said adultery is bad for the military:

Adultery, officials said, undermines “good order and discipline in the armed forces and [is] of a nature to bring discredit to the armed forces.”

In a profession in which men and women are charged with the power to both protect and take lives, one would hope fidelity to morals would be a virtue to uphold.

Repeated at the Stars and Stripes.