U.S. Navy Sailor Pleads Guilty to Production of Child Pornography

NORFOLK, Va. – A U.S. Navy Petty Officer pleaded guilty today to the production of child pornography.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Gregory Kyle Seerden, 31, currently stationed in San Diego, California, used his iPhone to record himself engaging in sexually explicit conduct with a sleeping child in January 2017.

Seerden faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a statutory maximum sentence of 30 years in prison when sentenced on January 18, 2018. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Cliff Everton, Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth M. Yusi and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Layne are prosecuting the case.