Court rejects appeal by ex-Navy SEAL in child porn case

February 23, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal court has rejected the appeal of a former U.S. Navy Seal sentenced to 27 years in prison for child pornography.

The Fourth Circuit court on Thursday upheld a judge’s ruling denying Gregory Kyle Seerden’s request to suppress evidence from a search of his cell phone.

Navy officials began investigating Seerden in 2017 after a woman said he had sexually assaulted her in Virginia Beach.

The judge agreed with Seerden that evidence obtained during an initial cell phone search pursuant to a military warrant was inadmissible because it violated military rules of evidence. But the judge allowed evidence obtained during a second search based on a federal warrant.

According to court documents investigators found dozens of images of child pornography, including a video showing Seerden molesting a sleeping girl.

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