A Navy chaplain was fired from his post last month after being caught on video having sex with a woman at a New Orleans pub, according to a report Wednesday.
A Marine spokesman, Lt. Col. Ted Wong, told USA Today that Capt. Loften Thornton was fired on March 20 due to a “lost of trust and confidence.”
Two defence officials confirmed to the outlet that authorities were evaluating a video which showed Thornton engaging in sex with a woman at the Crown & Anchor Pub, which is reportedly only a five minute drive from the Marine Reserve where he served in New Orleans.
The Navy supplies chaplains to the the Marine Corps and they “are embedded within commands operating at sea and ashore to ensure 24/7 availability,” the Navy’s strategic plan for religious ministry reads.
Implicit in the professional Naval chaplaincy role is also “the expectation that chaplains will be faithful representatives of their religious organisations.”