Petty Officer 1st Class Gregory Kyle Seerden of SEAL Team 1 was arrested April 3 in San Diego after reportedly recording himself molesting a sleeping girl.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service found the footage while looking into Seerden on an unrelated charge after a woman accused him of raping her in a Norfolk, Virginia hotel near Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story
On February 3, with authorization from Seerden's commanding officer, NCIS found 78 images and four videos of prepubescent girls and boys performing sexual acts in Seerden’s iPhone, according to court documents.
Seerden has since been charged with four felonies, including the production of child pornography, and U.S. Marshals are returning him to Virginia for his arraignment.
If proven guilty, the pornography production conviction alone will carry a 15-year prison sentence.
Seerden does not currently face any charges in the unrelated sexual assault which prompted the discovery of his kiddie porn stash in the first place.
This is just the latest in a string of SEAL-related misconduct. Earlier this week, Navy Chief Special Warfare Officer Joseph John Schmidt III was discovered to be moonlighting as a porn star. In early April, CBS News reported that the Navy is investigating widespread drug abuse across the SEAL units. And in March, another Navy SEAL was charged with kidnapping and raping a fellow sailor in a hotel room outside Fort Knox.
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A Chinese tank rolls at the training ground "Tsugol", about 250 kilometers (156 miles ) south-east of the city of Chita during the military exercises Vostok 2018 in Eastern Siberia, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (Associated Press/Sergei Grits)
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The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard called the ongoing partial government shutdown "unacceptable" following reports that some Coast Guardsmen are relying on donations from food pantries while their regular paychecks remain on hold.
"We're five-plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay," Adm. Karl Schultz said in a video message to service members. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden."
The bigger and faster electromagnetic weapons elevator on the new
aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is finally ready for use, an achievement the Navy called a "major milestone" for the program and other Ford-class carriers to be built in the future.
Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said earlier this month that he had bet his job on getting all the Ford's elevators to work, telling President Donald Trump that the project would be done by this summer "or you can fire me."