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...

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