Indictment accuses Naval Commander Jacksonville of distributing child sex abuse videos


JACKSONVILLE, Florida. — A Navy commander accused of distributing child sex abuse videos has been charged, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

The indictment charges Gregory Edward McLean, 38, of Jacksonville, with two counts of distributing videos depicting child sexual abuse and one count of possession of files depicting the sexual abuse of young children, said Roger B. Handberg, US attorney for the Middle East. District of Florida.

If convicted, prosecutors say, McLean faces a minimum prison sentence of five years and up to 20 years in federal prison on each count.

The indictment also informs McLean that the United States intends to confiscate two cell phones, a Western Digital hard drive and a USB flash drive, which were allegedly used in the commission of the offenses.

The case was investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Rhode Island State Police, with assistance from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Prosecutors said McLean, who was arrested on Monday, is being held pending trial.

At one point, he was part of the executive of the USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul when he was lieutenant commander about two years ago, according to a post on Navy League of Minnesota website.

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