Four United States Navy officers serving on a Washington state submarine base are accused of committing sex crimes against a girl.
The military, all of them third-class officers, are accused of taking a minor girl to the Kitsap-Bangor Naval Base headquarters in Washington state and subjecting her to sexual acts in September of last year.
The investigators stated that all the officers had sexual intercourse in a group in a place where they smoked with the alleged victim, who was only described in judicial documents under 16 but over 12.
Then, the officers moved the girl to a barracks room and committed more lewd acts on her “with the door open and with the open recording of the group sex using photography and video equipment,” according to court documents, according to the Military Times website.
The Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) began an investigation into the charges after base authorities received an anonymous tip days after the incident, said Major Michael Smith, spokesman for Submarine Group 9.
NCIS spokesman Ed Buice said investigators were trying to find out how the girl was taken to the base.
Court documents mentioned that one of the sailors, assigned to the Nebraska ballistic missile submarine, was accused of not reporting the offence, committing a sexual act on a child and allowing a non-family member to remain in his room during the night.
Another sailor, assigned to submarine Henry M. Jackson, was accused of producing child pornography.
The third sailor served at the Bangor Naval Submarine Support Center and faced production charges of child pornography.
The fourth defendant was assigned to the Nebraska submarine.
The initial hearings designed to analyze the evidence and determine if the four sailors should be tried in a court martial were held last week.
Smith said it usually takes 10 days before the hearing officer makes a recommendation about the charges.
“The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty,” he said, adding that no one else had been charged or expected to be charged in the case.