ESPIONAGE ABOARD THE USS ALEXANDRIA? - DID
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A discarded cell phone discovered in a Connecticut waste dump may end up sending a career Navy man to prison for many years to come.
The FBI says the device had shocking images - close-up snapshots of restricted spaces, classified instruments and equipment - aboard the Navy's Groton-based fast attack sub, the USS Alexandria.
PO1 Kristian Saucier served aboard the undersea craft as a machinist's mate between September 2007 and March 2012. The Feds figure the forbidden pix were taken some time in 2009 on three separate occasions.
SUSPICIOUS ACTIONS AFTER INTERROGATION
Saucier, 28, admits the tossed cell phone is his, but denies taking the photos in question. His situation is complicated by the fact that right after the FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service started their probe and questioned the career sailor, he destroyed his laptop computer, a personal camera, and the camera's memory card.
Pieces of the demolished devices were dug up in a wooded area on property owned by a member of Saucier's family.
A federal grand jury figured they had seen enough to indict the petty officer first class. He was arrested, booked, and released on $100,000 personal bond.
If convicted of the two charges against him - "unauthorized retention of defense information," and "obstruction of justice" - Saucier could face up to a a total of 30 years in prison and $400,000 in fines.