Sailor waives hearing on charges he recorded women

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The USS Wyoming transits the Saint Marys River after departing Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Jan. 18, 2012. A dozen sailors are suspected of viewing secretly recorded videos of their female shipmates undressing in a submarine shower over a period of 10 months, according to an investigative report. (James Kimber/U.S. Navy)
The USS Wyoming transits the Saint Marys River after departing Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Jan. 18, 2012. A dozen sailors are suspected of viewing secretly recorded videos of their female shipmates undressing in a submarine shower over a period of 10 months, according to an investigative report. (James Kimber/U.S. Navy)

Sailor waives hearing on charges he recorded women

by: The Associated Press | .
The Associated Press | .
published: March 28, 2015

KINGS BAY NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE, Ga. — A Navy sailor charged with videotaping female officers in stages of undress aboard a submarine has waived a hearing that would have allowed his attorneys to argue against sending the case to a court-martial.

A Navy spokeswoman says the sailor, an unidentified missile technician formerly assigned to the Georgia-based submarine USS Wyoming, opted against having an Article 32 hearing scheduled Friday at Mayport Naval Station in Florida.

The hearing is similar to a civilian grand jury in that it helps commanders decide whether there's evidence to support a court-martial. Defense evidence also can be presented.

The Navy has charged seven sailors in connection with recording and sharing illicit videotapes of female officers and student trainees aboard the Wyoming since 2013. Women began serving on U.S. submarines in 2011.