Another Sailor Convicted for Videos of Female Officers

Another Sailor Convicted for Videos of Female Officers

A fifth Sailor has been convicted for his involvement in the submarine shower video case that has rocked the US Navy in recent months. Missile Technician 2nd Class Ryan Secrest was found guilty of charges stemming from allegations that he secretly filmed and disseminated videos of female officers and midshipmen showering aboard a nuclear ballistic missile submarine, the USS Wyoming, based at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

Navy spokesman Bill Austin told the Navy Times that Secrest was sentenced to 10 months in prison, in addition to a reduction in pay grade to E-2 and a bad conduct discharge.

Secrest was convicted of filming his fellow female Sailors in a shower changing space aboard the Wyoming, using a recording device underway and providing two false official statements to investigators.

Secrest is the second Sailor to be found guilty of filming his fellow Sailors while at sea. MT3 Cody Shoemaker pleaded guilty last month to secretly filming female shipmates showering aboard the Wyoming from a crawl space under the sink. Shoemaker was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a bad-conduct discharge.

Prosecutors said Secrest and Shoemaker would wait until the female Sailors were finished working out in the gym before hiding in a crawl space next to the showers. Of the original seven Sailors charged in the incident, only MTS Samuel Buchner has been exonerated, while another still awaits trial.

Buchner was charged with distributing the videos. His defense attorney argued that Buchner was unaware of the contents of the videos when he passed them along. The other Sailors already convicted and sentenced in the submarine shower video case pleaded guilty to various charges.

MT2 Charles Greaves, however, pleaded guilty this past May to a single count of filming female officers aboard the Wyoming, as well as one count of distributing the illicit videos and one count of disrespecting an officer. He was Greaves was sentenced to two years in prison and a dishonorable discharge.

MT2 Joseph Bradley was sentenced to 30 days in prison and reduction in rank to E-3 for distributing the videos.

MT3 Brandon McGarity pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 days' confinement, forfeiture of two-thirds of one month's pay, and reduction in rank to E-2 for his involvement in the case. McGarity was accused of two counts of failing to report the videos and one count of making a false official statement, saying he was not aware of the videos.

MT2 Jonathan Asheby is still awaiting trial. Asheby stands accused of one count of conspiracy for giving Greaves his phone to transfer the videos and three counts of distributing the videos.

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