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

RICHMOND, Va.

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.