Update: Dam Neck-based sonar technician accused of child pornography possession

A sonar technician stationed as NAS Oceana Dam Neck Annex is accused of possessing child pornography and advertising it online.

Andrew Keane Davis, a Navy employee, has been charged with five counts of child pornography.
Andrew Keane Davis, 35, has been released on bail following charges of child pornography possession.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Andrew Keane Davis, 35, is charged with five counts of possession of child pornography. He was arrested by the Virginia Beach Police Department on Nov. 1, and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in Virginia Beach General District Court on Dec. 16.

Davis was granted a $10,000 bond on Nov. 2. He is confined to a Navy base, has forfeited computer access and is not allowed to leave Virginia.

Davis has been in the Navy for 16 years, and is currently a Virginia Beach-based sonar technician. He reports to the Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, which is based at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, said Commander Corey Barker.

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

Barker said the alleged child pornography incident happened at a private home in Virginia Beach, and the Navy doesn’t believe any government computer systems were affected.

“The Navy takes allegations of sailor misconduct very seriously,” Barker said. “We’re following the situation with Virginia Beach police as the lead for this, and they’re also leading the investigation.”

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