Thomas Edward Stowers II, a 35-year old Warrant Officer with the US Army, has been arrested for allegedly engaging in sodomy with a 16-year old. The charge sheet paints a pretty bad picture. He allegedly gave the young man alcohol, takes him someplace, and engages in sodomy with him. but then there is also a charge of Sodomy by force when victim is spouse. So I’m not sure what to make of that.
More, including a picture of the Soldier, after the jump.
A bond hearing is set for October 14, 2010, Newport News Circuit Court, Room 5. This is a Bond hearing under section 19.2-124. Now I am not an attorney, but that is a bond appeal section of the law, since he is still in jail I assume then he was either denied bail or it is was set very high.
If he is guilty, well I’m not certain what I think (click here for that discussion). The Army though has very clear rules. A minor, is a minor, is a minor. And 16 is a minor, at 35 he has no business messing with a 16-year old. Even if 16 used to be north of the age of consent, it isn’t anymore, and hasn’t been for a long time.
Who knows though, the devil is in the details. His side of the story may change things considerably. More to follow as it comes out.
News Story, including mugshot, here.
Arrest listing here.
Photo source: United States Army TRADOC Band Flickr page