TRIALS: The Chaplain's Case

It was a tawdry story, almost as if Confidential had rewritten Somerset Maugham's Rain for the U.S.O. In this case, the clergyman was a Baptist chaplain in the U.S. Navy, his accusers wives of fellow officers. On trial at the Jacksonville, Fla., Naval Air Station for conduct unbecoming an officer is Commander Andrew Jensen, 43, a 16-year Navy veteran, married and the graying father of two. The trial marks two embarrassing firsts for the Navy: no officer had ever stood trial solely on adultery charges, and no chaplain had ever been court-martialed.

The Jensen trial reached its seamiest stage last...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!