NAVY SEAL FACES LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT
PAROLE - CPO STEPHEN VARANKO HAS BEEN
CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING AND RAPE
FEMALE "VICTIM" SAYS ALLEGED ATTACKER
TRIED TO STRANGLE HER - VIRGINIA BEACH-BASED
CHIEF SET TO BE COURT-MARTIALED AT
NORFOLK LATER ON THIS MONTH

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Whenever one hears the words "Navy SEAL" images of heroes and America's finest fighting men come to mind. That's why it hurts so much to think that one of these warriors may be going to prison soon for the rest of his life.

Chief Petty Officer Stephen Varanko had a brilliant future ahead of him. The rugged SEAL, a Maryland native, had made E-7 in just nine years, and had a spotless record with his highly-respected unit, Special Reconnaissance Team Two.

On February 26, 2015, investigators say Varanko got in a violent argument with his girl friend, a Navy sailor, in a Kentucky motel. The "victim" told the NCIS Varanko grabbed her by the neck, choked her, bashed her head against the wall and then pinned her to the floor where he allegedly raped her.

The 11-year Navy veteran has been hit with four counts of rape, sexual assault, aggravated assault and battery. If convicted at his court-martial, set to begin March 21 in Norfolk, the young chief could get life imprisonment without parole.

Varanko is presently assigned to Little Creek/Fort Story, Va. He has not been confined and must be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Efforts to reach the chief's military defense attorneys was unsuccessful.