The U.S. Navy is investigating a submarine based at Kings Bay, Georgia for accusations that female officers were filmed in a shower changing area for more than a year, according to a recently published article by the Navy Times.
The women were recorded aboard the ballistic missile submarine Wyoming.
Navy officials are investigating a 24-year-old second class petty officer, whose name has not been released. He is accused of making and distributing the videos, according to an incident report that was seen by senior leaders in the Navy. The sailor was identified only by his rank: second-class petty officer.
"The Navy is aware of an allegation of criminal activity onboard one of the submarines home ported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay," a Navy spokesperson said in a statement. "The Navy, along with NCIS, is investigating the matter and further details are not available at this time. If the allegations prove to be factual, the Navy will ensure individuals involved are held accountable for their actions."
The Navy Times reports that according to a source who spoke with one of the alleged victims, the videos are believed to show at least three female officers while showering or undressing that were recorded over more than a year.
This could be a huge scandal for the Navy community as it's only been four years since women were first allowed to enter submarine training. The cameras may have caught both men and women showering, but the source in touch with one of the alleged victim believes only the videos of women were distributed.
The incident report came out last month. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating and the report says the incident is a privacy violation, but according to the Navy Times, a former officer who has been in touch with one of the victims says the case isn't just a privacy violation but, sexual harassment.
This all came to light last month after the Navy Times says a report was filed by an officer who received the videos. At this time it's not known how many women were filmed, how many videos were made or how many people received the videos.
The Wyoming was one of the first submarines to employ women in 2011 and it began with 12 women.
Now some are concerned about what this could mean for that progress.
"I don't think it probably would be more challenging for the women in the military now," Leslie Tvrdy said. "I think that it will separate them even more maybe from the men, because if you mingle them together, something like this happens."