Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio
(TX) – A detective with the San Antonio Police Department was investigating online predators when he came across enough information to begin an investigation of a specific individual. It turns out the person was 41-year old Major Jesse McKee Howard. Major Howard “is the chaplain for the 433rd Airlift Wing, an Air Force reserve unit.” The 433rd is stationed at the Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) – Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.
Very little information has been given regarding what was discovered that led to the arrest of Major Howard. It seems to be very common that law enforcement agencies, at least here in Bexar County, withhold information from the public when the offender is an officer in the military, particularly an officer with rank.
Air Force Chaplain
According to Airforce.com,
“Nothing tests religious beliefs more than many situations our Airmen face throughout the course of their service. Providing pastoral care ministry and counseling to those of faith and those of no faith, Air Force chaplains are religious ministry professionals who support the spiritual resilience of our Airmen all over the world. As spiritual leaders, chaplains are relied upon for faith and personal guidance. They are also advocates for our Airmen and consult with leadership on moral, ethical and quality-of-life issues.”
Jesse Howard’s job was to minister to approximately 3,400 service members. He was also supposed to work with leadership on ethical and moral issues. But he apparently had a secret life, a life that included trying to have sex with minors. It’s bad enough when anyone targets children, but it’s especially heinous when the person is supposed to be a man of faith; a man guided by his religous beliefs.
Online Solicitation of a Minor
Major Jesse McKee Howard was arrested on Thursday, at his home. He was charged with Online Solicitation of a Minor and his bail bond was set at $30,000. He was booked into the Bexar County Jail, but posted his bond and was immediately released. “He is due back in court on Dec. 15.”