US Navy: ‘Recording device’ found in women’s bathroom aboard ship
US Navy criminal investigators are looking into a report that a female Marine discovered a “recording device” in the women’s bathroom of one of its ships.
Cdr. Kyle Raines, a spokesperson for the Navy’s 6th Fleet, confirmed Monday that the service is investigating a device found in a bathroom aboard the USS Arlington amphibious transport dock.
“The command has taken, and will continue to take, all necessary actions to ensure the safety and privacy of the victim,” Raines said in a statement to CNN.
“The Navy/Marine Corps team takes all reports of sexual harassment seriously, and are committed to thoroughly investigating these allegations and providing resources and care to victims of sexual harassment. To protect the legal rights and the privacy of all involved, we cannot release details, names, or any other identifying information at this time,” he added.
The investigation was first reported by NBC.
This is not the first reported incident involving secret recordings aboard US Navy vessels.
A Navy sailor was sentenced to a year and a half in prison in 2015 after pleading guilty to secretly taking video of female submarine trainees while they took off their clothes before showering.
Several sailors were implicated in the case after a wide-ranging investigation into reports of numerous incidents aboard the USS Wyoming.
At least one officer acknowledged failing to report the videos to superiors, while another pleaded guilty to sharing videos of the women with others. They received punishments ranging from 15 days’ confinement to two years in jail.
CNN’s Barbara Starr contributed to this report.