- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 18, 2005


The Supreme Court declined yesterday to review a former Air Force lieutenant’s criminal conviction for having sex with a 15-year-old boy, an act that the officer contended was protected by a previous court decision overturning state statutes that criminalized homosexual sex.

Justices, without comment, rejected the appeal by former 2nd Lt. Ryan W. Davis. He pleaded guilty to consensual sodomy and conduct unbecoming an officer in military court after an April 1997 meeting with a boy at a park in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Davis subsequently was dismissed from the Air Force, confined for 24 months and ordered to forfeit all pay and allowances.

Davis had asked the Supreme Court to overturn his conviction after its 2003 decision in Lawrence v. Texas. That ruling struck down state statutes criminalizing homosexual sex as a violation of an individual’s constitutional right to sexual privacy.

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