U.S. Navy SEAL Gregory Kyle Seerden has been charged with allegedly molesting a young girl in Virginia.
A criminal complaint unsealed in federal court Wednesday and obtained by CBS News confirms that Petty Officer 1st Class Gregory Kyle Seerden faces four counts related to child pornography, after he was arrested in San Diego, California, last week.
An affidavit filed with the court reveals the sordid details of the alleged affair. Special agent Christi Pickett of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service stated in the affidavit that a woman reported she was sexually assaulted to the Navy, after Seerden allegedly had sexual intercourse with her at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe in the affidavit, reportedly was intoxicated at the time and remembered telling Seerden to stop having sex with her.
Almost immediately, NCIS seized Seerden’s cell phone, in order to examine any evidence that could be related to the interaction with Jane Doe. But when a forensic examiner began looking closely at the phone, he inadvertently stumbled upon what he believed to be child pornography, which prompted NCIS to seek a federal search warrant, revealing 78 images of suspected child pornography in total, namely of prepubescent boys and girls engaged in various sex acts.
Out of all the data, four videos and one picture in particular were taken by that same phone between Jan. 1, 2017, and Jan. 2, which showed a man touching a young girl sexually. The young female child in those four videos, according to the complaint, is likely a female relative of Seerden’s.
Following the affidavit, a grand jury indicted Seerden on possession and production of child pornography.
If Seerden is convicted of producing child pornography, that charge alone could land him 15 years in prison.
Lt. Zachary Keating, a spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group 1, told The Virginian-Pilot the service was cooperating with “investigative authorities.”
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