WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Joe Sestak, a Pennsylvania Democrat who served in the Navy for 30 years, called a group of servicemen responsible for hazing a gay colleague a "rogue unit" and an "aberration."
Sestak told CNN Monday that the case of Joseph Rocha, a gay sailor who was abused by his colleagues in a canine unit in Bahrain, was "almost nauseating."
Rocha in an earlier interview said his supervisor was responsible for the hazing and said he believes that the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy – which bars gays and lesbians from openly serving - played a role.
Sestak has asked the Navy to do a further investigation into the case and he told CNN that "don't ask, don't tell" should have been repealed a long time ago.
"We should have done away with it years ago," Sestak CNN’s “The Situation Room.” "We're absolutely not adhering to the ideals of our nation, that everyone is treated and respected equally, and I think that was part of what led to this. Although on the whole it's a lack of accountability, and I hope that this year, prior to December, that our president having taken care of the economy and health care is to then repeal 'don't ask, don't tell.'"