Sailor faces charges after photos of Navy attack sub found on cellphone

A Navy sailor assigned to a nuclear-powered submarine has been accused of using his cellphone to snap revealing photos of the sub's top-secret inner spaces.

Prosecutors say Machinist Mate 1st Class Kristian Saucier took the photos aboard the attack submarine Alexandria, the Navy Times reported Saturday. He has been charged with unauthorized retention of defense information and destroying his laptop and a camera to thwart an FBI probe.

The Times said the case against Saucier is the latest in which sailors have been accused of violating the submarine forces' ban on personal electronic devices. The ban was adopted to prevent sailors from photographing sensitive spaces, the paper said. Late last year the Navy smashed a ring of 12 sailors who allegedly used their cellphones to record female shipmates undressing aboard the sub.

Saucier, 28, of Vermont, was arrested May 28 and released on $100,000 bond. He is assigned to a Navy support facility in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

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