For most who earn the coveted Navy SEAL Trident, it serves as a symbol of a lifetime devoted to service over self, but for some, not even the honor and commitment of serving as a part of one of the most elite fighting forces in history is enough to offset their own personal dishonor, or to change the character of a man that is willing to victimize children.
According to court documents released on Thursday, former Navy SEAL Gregory Kyle Seerden is just such a man. Seerden, 32, will serve 27 years in federal prison, followed by 25 years under supervised release and pay a $10,000 fine after pleading guilty to charges of molesting a sleeping child and filming the encounter with his smart phone.
“Gregory Seerden victimized a child and used mobile technology to memorialize sexually explicit videos,” said Tracy Doherty-McCormick, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “As this prosecution makes clear, the United States will seek to hold accountable anyone who sexually exploits our most vulnerable citizens.”
That sentence may not be the end of it however. Seerden faces similar charges in San Diego following the reopening of an NCIS case that originated in the summer of 2014, when Seerden reportedly also filmed sexual abuse of a child on an iPhone. It is not currently clear why the case did not result in prosecution at the time, but based on the similarity to the case he pled guilty to, it seems likely that prosecution will move ahead now.