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Secretly recorded videos of sailors, Marines posted on porn site

By CAITLIN M. KENNEY | STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Navy is investigating secretly recorded videos, including some of sailors and Marines undressing in bathrooms, that were posted on a pornographic website, a service spokesman said Friday.

“[Naval Criminal Investigative Service] is investigating a report of non-consensual online distribution of explicit videos and images of service members. The investigation is in the early stages. Potential victims are being notified in a coordinated effort by NCIS, command leadership, and victims legal counsel,” Navy Lt. James Adams, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Fleet, said in a statement.

It appeared the videos were recorded in several locations within Pacific Fleet, Adams said, including in bathrooms where people were undressing. A few individuals in the videos were assigned to the USS Emory S. Land, which is located at a port in Guam, NBC News reported, citing U.S. military officials. The Emory S. Land is a submarine tender, which provides maintenance and supplies to submarines and surface ships.

The victims depicted in the videos and images appear mostly to be males, according to Adams, but the investigation is still determining how many victims there are. NCIS is looking into when the videos, which were uploaded to the website Pornhub, were taken, he said. The website has complied with a NCIS request to remove them and is cooperating with their investigation, according to Adams.

NCIS started their investigation within the past couple of weeks, he said. A former sailor who is connected to the Pornhub account is a suspect, according to a Navy official who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the investigation.

Investigators are still working to identify victims, which also included civilians, Adams said. The Navy will provide support to the victims who are notified during the investigation and will inform them of the services available to them, he said.

An NCIS spokesman said they do not discuss details of ongoing investigations.

This is not the first time that the Navy has conducted an investigation of sailors and Marines who were secretly recorded.

Female officers aboard the submarine USS Wyoming were secretly recorded while taking showers over the course of two patrols between August 2013 and June 2014. Ten male sailors were punished in 2015 for the recordings, which were shared among the crew.

Last March, the Navy was investigating a hidden camera found by a female Marine in a bathroom aboard the USS Arlington, an amphibious transport ship, during a security operation in the Mediterranean Sea.

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