A former Navy SEAL has been sentenced to 60 years in prison after insulting his own daughter when she was only five years old.
Gregory Kyle Seerden, 33, was without expression in a court in San Diego, California, Tuesday, when the victim's mother made an impact statement on behalf of the girl, who is now 12 years old. The case was not tried because Seerden pleaded guilty.
& # 39; I have seen a man vowed to maintain a higher standard and get away with the most heinous crimes I can think of, & # 39 ;, his ex-wife Alicia Reppert said at the sentence.
& # 39; How many broken lives lie at the suspect's feet? We can begin to heal today by having him accountable for his crimes every day for the rest of his pathetic existence.
& # 39; We are no longer his victims. We have won and today we all win. We are the elite. We are the best of the best. & # 39;
The victim's mother, Alicia Reppert, said in an impact statement: & # 39; We can start healing today by having him respond to his crimes every day for the rest of his pathetic existence & # 39;
Gregory Kyle Seerden, 33, stood Tuesday without expression in a court in San Diego. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison after confessing nine counts of immoral acts against a child
Although the victim was not present on Tuesday, ABC 10 reports, her May testimony led the former non-commissioned officer 1st class to confess on seven of the nine crime counts of immoral acts on a child.
The daughter of the former member of SEAL Team 1 – who served in Iraq and Afghanistan – was abused until she was seven years old.
Seerden – who is from Missouri – is currently serving a 27-year federal sentence for producing and possessing child pornography.
In addition to his sentence in February 2018, Seerden was ordered to pay a fine of $ 10,000 and to serve 25 years of controlled release.
But now he must serve his state and federal prison sentences in succession and he must register for life as a sex offender.
He was discovered after an adult woman claimed to have raped her.
Seerden sexually abused his daughter when she was five to seven years old. The victim, now 12, testified in May about her father's crimes against her
Seerden is currently serving a 27-year federal punishment for producing and possessing child pornography and has to serve his sentences consecutively
Alicia Reppert said after that case that did not go to court: & # 39; How many broken lives are at the suspect's feet? & # 39;
& # 39; I have seen a man vowed to maintain a higher level of standards and get away with the most heinous crimes I can think of & # 39 ;, said Alicia Reppert
Seerden was stationed in San Diego, but stayed with family in Virginia in January 2017 when he was accused by a woman he knew had sexually abused her after a night of drinking and socializing at the Little Creek naval base on Virginia Beach.
Researchers found images on his mobile with a naked child and an excited dog.
Among the dozens of incriminating videos and photos on his mobile, including an adult man who masturbated next to a sleeping girl while he molested her.
Although the man's face could not be seen in the video, he was wearing a light blue shirt, according to court documents.
Photos with time stamps of the same day show Seerden in a light blue shirt reading a book to the victim and three other children.
Those videos were taken the night before the alleged attack, he later admitted, sleeping in the same room as his victim.
It is unclear whether the rape investigation led to criminal prosecution.
He was discovered after an adult woman claimed to have raped her. He is depicted in a February 2018 mugshot
Seerden stayed with the family in Virginia for the vacation in January 2017 when he was accused by a woman he knew had sexually abused her after a night of drinking and socializing at the Little Creek naval base on Virginia Beach (photo)
Seerden was also charged in San Diego for sexually abusing another family member in 2014 when she was seven years old.
That allegation was investigated by the Navy at the time, but dropped because the child's mother was not prepared to bring charges, according to prosecutors. But the case was reopened after his arrest when his daughter raised the charges.
& # 39; She faced her abuser and bravely testified about the things that happened to her, & # 39; said deputy DA Amy Colby about the daughter of Seerden.
& # 39; Although he might have been hired at some point to protect the country, and at some point people considered him a hero, she is the real hero here. Because of her testimony and her courage, she prevents future crimes like this from occurring. & # 39;
In court cases, public defender Keith Kimball had said that Seerden was abused in his youth and was wounded in battle.
& # 39; After a number of difficult times in puberty, Kyle joined the navy. When he returned from Afghanistan, he hurt inside, but still tried to be himself, & his mother Jennifer Seerden wrote in a letter to the court.
& # 39; Some of his friends were lost and others seriously injured and it seemed to really touch him. However, it was his experience in Iraq that I believe really changed him. & # 39;
Reppert is the former wife of Seerden who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan and is an ex-member of SEAL Team 1
In court cases, public defender Keith Kimball had said that Seerden was abused in his youth and was wounded in battle. His mother wrote in a letter to the court: & # 39; I believe he really changed his experience in Iraq & # 39;
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