A U.S. Navy SEAL from SEAL Team 1 was sentenced Thursday to 27 years in prison, after pleading guilty in September to child pornography charges and molesting a 5-year-old child while she slept and recording it on camera.
Gregory Kyle Seerden, 32, was sentenced to 27 years in prison and 25 years of supervised release; he was also fined $10,000.
Seerden was arrested in May on the child pornograpahy charges while he was being investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) for a separate sexual assault allegation. Seerden has not yet been charged in the latter case.
The Navy has said that Seerden could face a military court-martial once the investigation is completed.
The child pornography charge stemmed from the NCIS investigation into allegations that Seerden sexually assaulted a woman in January 2017.
After the incident when Seerden allegedly assaulted a woman while she was blacked out after drinking, she reported the incident.
When NCIS began investigating, they found “dozens of images and videos of prepubescent children engaged in sex acts,” according to court documents.
Four videos were created on Jan. 2, 2017, and they showed “a man touching a sleeping 5-year-old girl with his penis,” according to the court documents.
While his face wasn’t on camera, the man molesting the child was wearing a similar shirt to the one Seerden was seen wearing in other photos the NCIS found on his phone, court documents said.
The 5-year-old’s father said he had allowed the Navy SEAL to “sleep in his daughter’s room the night the pictures were taken,” court documents said.