From Pine View Farm

It’s Assault 2

Oh, my.

Two women who had sexual relationships with Petty Officer 1st Class Steven R. Franklin apparently decided the risk was worth it – but on Tuesday it cost Franklin his career.

According to testimony in a special court-martial at Norfolk Naval Station, both women chose to have unprotected sex with Franklin after learning he had HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Their consent did not let Franklin off the hook. The 37-year-old aviation electronics technician was sentenced to three months’ confinement and a bad-conduct discharge after pleading guilty to two counts of aggravated assault as well as disobeying an order.



  1. Karen

    October 8, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Did you read the comments? The women should have been named, just as a safety precaution.

    People are idiots.

  2. Frank

    October 8, 2009 at 8:54 am

    I went back and took a look at them.

    Some of them display a distressing ignorance of differences between the Uniform Code of Military Justice and civilian law.

    Some merely display a distressing ignorance.  (This is why I seldom read comments to articles at news sites.)

    A few of them are sane.