Sgt. James Ray Wilson
has pled guilty in the Fort Hood Child Molestation case.
In a plea arrangement, Wilson
was convicted of Sodomy on Diverse Occasions and three counts of Indecent
Acts with a Child.
March 28,1998 Wilson was
sentenced to Reduction in rank to E-1, Forfeiture of all pay and allowances,
Dishonorable discharge from the Military, and 13 years confinement.
He could have received up to 25 years in prison.
This case came to the attention
of the Pagan Community in December when rumors began circulating the internet
regarding Wilson's alleged involvement in the Fort Hood Open Circle.
Online speculation regarding Wilson's guilt and Pagan affiliations became
so intense that it could have led to a claim by Wilson's defense lawyers
that he was unable to get a fair trial at Fort Hood. Fortunately,
his victim was spared further lengthy legal procedures by Wilson's guilty
The custodial parents of
the victim, Michael and Cheryl Materne (who are not Pagan), were subjected
to verbal abuse and harassment by numerous individuals, some of whom claimed
to be Pagan, as a result of the inaccurate information posted on the net.
Most of the mailings dealt
with an argument over whether Wilson did, or did not, hold a leadership
position in the Fort Hood Open Circle.
Mr. and Mrs. Materne claim
that Wilson had been elected to lead the Fort Hood Open Circle shortly
before his arrest. Their contention has been supported by Captain
Mike Devine, the Military Prosecutor in this case.
The Maternes at no time
accused the Fort Hood Open Circle of any involvement in the abuse of their
daughter. They freely acknowledged that the violation of their child
did not occur during any group activities and that at no time was the Fort
Hood Open Circle ever suspected of any wrongdoing.
an email from David L. Oringderff, the Director
of the Sacred Well Congregation, the Denominational Sponsor of the Fort
Hood Open Circle, it is stated that Wilson's involvement with the
Fort Hood Open Circle was limited to the attendance of functions that were
open to the general public.
Whether Wilson was the Grand
Pooba of a Pagan Circle, or just an occasional visitor, this case should
still serve as a wake up call to the Pagan Community. We are not
immune to predators. Surrounding our children with white light helps,
but it is not enough. Pedophiles can