Two sailors have pleaded guilty this week for secretly filming and sharing lewd videos of female shipmates undressingrecording, distributing and viewing videos of female sailors aboard the submarine Wyoming over a period of 10 months aboard the submarine Wyoming.
But one sailor's attorney contends that the Navy has so far failed to punish others in the alleged ring, based on information provided by his client. This includes allegations that two chiefs watched the videos but and that some shipmates served as lookouts during the filming, none of whohave not been charged.
But the consequences so far have not reached far enough, the sailor's lawyer says, as his client provided prosecutors far more information than they've chosen to investigate.
"We gave them a barrel full of information," Jim Stein, a Georgia-based civilian attorney, told Navy Times on Wednesday. "There was no way in this world that they followed up on it."
Missile Technician 2nd Class Charles Greaves will serve 24 months in prison, be demoted to E-2 and receive a dishonorable discharge for three of the 11eleven charges originally brought against him.
He admitted to one count each of recording and distributing videos, as well as disrespecting a superior officer for his infamous characterization of the videos as like Pokemon trading cards, while he was assigned to Trident Training Facility Kings Bay, Ga.
"This is a terrible thing to have done to anyone, especially fellow sailors," Greaves said to the Naval Station Mayport, Fla., courtroom. "I shamed myself and derailed my ambitions."
His guilty plea was part of a deal with prosecutors to testify against other sailors implicated in the case. Of 12 original suspects, seven have been indicted and four are still under consideration.
On Wednesday, MT2 Joseph Bradley pleaded guilty to one count of distributing the videos, a deal that disregarded his four other charges: conspiracy, obstructing justice and two for distribution.
He was sentenced to 30 days in prison and a reduction in rank to E-3.
Greaves testified Tuesday that he learned how to film the sub's shower areas in "C" school, Stein said.
He told the courtroom that while underway, other sailors would serve as lookouts when the female officers were working out.
When they headed to the showers afterward, he said, he set up his cellphone camera in a crack between pipes that provided an opening to the changing area.
Greaves has emerged at the center of the case, as his cooperation with investigators led to the current list of suspects, as well as allegations of more videos taken by other sailors.
All four female officers who were assigned to Wyoming testified at the court-martial. Stein said he thinks the Navy is dropping the ball in holding every party responsible.
"On cross-examination, I said, 'Do you want each and every person held responsible?' " he said, talking about the female officers. "They all said yes."
MT2 Ryan Secrest and MT3 Cody Shoemaker both faces charges of recording female midshipmen while they were temporarily underway with the crew.
Greaves contends that two of his chiefs asked to see the videos and did not report them, his lawyer said.
"I feel sorry for those ladies. What happened to them was unbelievable," Stein said. "But to not follow up on it is letting down these ladies and the ones to follow."
The female officers, some of the first ever to serve aboard submarines, described to the courtroom the trauma of learning about the videos.
"I broke down," said one, whose name was not reported. "The people I was working next to, who I had immense faith and trust in ... were not anything that I thought they were."
The prosecutor, Lt. Cmdr. Lee Marsh, said the trials will serve as a warning to the rest of the Navy.
"We need to send a message ... that we value female service members," he said. "Great women are here to stay. Get with the program or get out."
A summary court-martial was also underway Wednesday at Kings Bay for MT3 Brandon McGarity, who faces two counts of failing to report the videos and one count of making a false official statement, saying he was not aware of the videos.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.