Sex, sex, and more sex
This morning alone, there were three such stories in the news - one local, one state, and one national - all three of them involving public officials:
Local: Corvallis police officer Ryan Thayer resigned amid allegations that he had a sexual relationship with an Oregon State University student while he was supposed to be on patrol. Thayer, 25, was accused of having sex with the woman while he was on duty, lying to supervisors about his whereabouts and activities, disobeying orders, and using a department cell phone to talk with the woman. And by the way, he's married and has children.
State: Portland Police Chief Derrick Foxworth is facing a city investigation after allegations of "sexual impropriety" were made against him. His accuser: Angela Oswalt, 46, a desk clerk at the St. John's precinct.
National: Brian J. Doyle, 55, deputy press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was charged with using a computer to seduce a child (actually an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old girl). He is the fourth-ranking official in the department's public affairs office.
What is it about these men - and perhaps men in general - that makes them think 1) illicit sex is normal, 2) they're not hurting anyone, 3) no one will find out, and 4) it's okay to use their positions of power to exploit women?