Friday, March 09, 2007

Depressed? Sgt. Estrada Can Help!

Sometimes I feel sad.

Everyone feels sad some time.

I think most people are saddest when they don't get what they want.

We are all so used to getting what we want that most of us have few skills to deal with those sad times when we do not get it.

I get irritated when people refer to this sadness as 'depression.'

I think that most people who claim they are depressed are just mad that they aren't getting their way.

We all have ways to get out of that funk that some call depression.

Some people use psychology, some people use spirituality, some people use hedonism, some people use pharmaceuticals, some just mope through life.

The 'depression' industry is huge: self-help programs, psycho-pharmacologists, books, CDs, DVDs, and myriad other solutions are available for purchase.

Learning how to cope with depression or sadness is a challenge.

There is a drill sergeant with a plan for you:
Fort Eustis sergeant accused of sex crimes

A soldier says he was molested by the drill instructor. Others describe being forced to dress in spandex.

March 3 2007

HAMPTON -- A drill sergeant at Fort Eustis has been accused of multiple sex-related charges, including forcing a male trainee to dress as Superman and submit to sexual acts, and is scheduled to appear in a military court next month.

Army Staff Sgt. Edmundo F. Estrada, 35, of Hampton, is facing charges of indecent assault, having an inappropriate relationship with a trainee, and cruelty and maltreatment of subordinates, said Karla Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for Fort Eustis.

He was arraigned on those charges in January and is scheduled to appear April 17 in a military court, Gonzalez said.

Officials began investigating Estrada in August after a soldier reported Estrada mistreated and sexually assaulted him, according to a search warrant affidavit filed Aug. 16, 2006, in Hampton Circuit Court.

The soldier told Estrada that he felt depressed after being relieved of his training status, and Estrada suggested "a technique that he had used previously to help soldiers with their self-confidence and alleviate depression," the affidavit shows.

The technique involved role-playing scenes from a pornographic movie, which depicted a Superman character weakened by Kryptonite as the subject of sexual torture, according to the affidavit.

"Estrada would verbally describe a sexual act of torture, relating to the pornographic movie, and (the victim) was to respond in a sexual manner by moaning," the affidavit reads.

During one encounter in their unit's dayroom, Estrada molested the soldier, according to the court document.

The soldier reported he felt "Estrada would negatively affect his reclassification efforts" if he didn't obey the drill sergeant's requests.

He also said he eventually was forced to "dress in a 'Superman' or similar outfit during these encounters, while SSG Estrada performed sexual acts on him," the affidavit shows.

Soldiers from Estrada's previous unit reported Estrada told them to shed their shirts "so he could photograph their bodies in order to document physical development," the affidavit said. Numerous others described being ordered to "dress up and pose in spandex and then told not to mention it to anyone."

Investigators seized a computer and several cameras, cassettes and VHS tapes from Estrada's home on Perth Place, near Fox Hill Road and Nickerson Boulevard, in Hampton during a search Aug. 15.

Gonzalez, the Fort Eustis spokeswoman, said Estrada remains on active duty but is no longer performing the duties of a drill sergeant.
Copyright © 2007, Daily Press

Paging Sgt. Estrada, white courtesy telephone please.

Thanks to popbitch for the tip!

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