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Dam Neck-based sonar technician sentenced to 5 years for child pornography possession

Andrew Keane Davis, a Navy employee, has been charged with five counts of child pornography.
Andrew Keane Davis was sentenced to five years in prison for possession of child pornography on Sept. 13, 2017. The 36-year-old U.S. Navy sonar technician was charged with five counts of child pornography possession. (Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A sonar technician stationed at NAS Oceana Dam Neck Annex was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday for possessing child pornography and advertising it online.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Andrew Keane Davis, 36, pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of child pornography in Virginia Beach Circuit Court on April 18.

On Wednesday, he was sentenced to 45 years in prison with 40 years suspended, which is conditional based on his good behavior, supervised probation and abiding by sex offender probation rules, courts spokeswoman Macie Allen wrote in an email.

Davis’ plea was not part of an agreement with the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Court documents show that Davis, who had been in the Navy for 16 years, admitted to having child pornography on a computer located in the dining room of his Virginia Beach apartment, as well as on an external hard drive located in the same room.

Davis was arrested on Nov. 1 after a five-month investigation was conducted by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. During that investigation, officers found child pornography linked to Davis’ IP address being shared online, according to court documents.

Davis was granted a $10,000 bond on Nov. 2, which was contingent on the U.S. Navy agreeing to keep him on a secured base. Navy officials never came to get him, and Davis remained in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center, prosecutor Vivian Henderson said.

Davis was a Virginia Beach-based sonar technician who reported to the Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, which is based at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, said Commander Corey Baker during a November interview with Southside Daily.

Davis worked in a “junior leadership role” as one of a small group of technicians who keep sonar systems and equipment operating on surface ships and submarines, Barker said.

Davis maintained underwater surveillance and used sonar equipment to find and analyze targets, navigate vessels safely and conduct search and rescue operations, Barker said.

The Navy doesn’t believe any government computer systems were affected by the child pornography incident.

“The Navy takes allegations of sailor misconduct very seriously,” Barker said in November.

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