Navy SEAL officer accused of sexually assaulting woman
Navy SEAL officer charged with sexually assaulting woman, becoming third operator of elite San Diego unit to be charged with sex crimes in six months
- Lieutenant Joseph Benevento is accused of assaulting the woman last November
- The Navy SEAL has served several deployments in the Middle East
- The incident allegedly occurred near SEAL training base in San Diego
- There have been several high-profile sex crimes cases concentrated around the grassroots
A commissioned Navy SEALs officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman, it has been revealed.
Lieutenant Joseph Benevento allegedly placed the unidentified victim on a bed, removed her underwear and entered her without her consent.
The incident happened in November, but Benevento was not charged with breaking military law until early June.
Whether the officer will face the military equivalent of grand jury clearance has yet to be decided (file photo)
No decision has yet been made on whether Benevento will face the military version of the civilian grand jury, the San Diego Union Grandstand reported.
According to a recently deleted online biography, Benevento had been the subject of several deployments in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
He also received two Joint Service Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Service Medals, and a Joint Service Commendation Medal.
The sexual assault allegedly took place in San Diego, home to the Coronado Amphibious Naval Base, where the Navy SEALs are trained.
The base, however, has been marred by several high-profile sexual assault cases over the past six months.
Lt. Benevento has reportedly served on multiple deployments in the Middle East and Afghanistan (file photo)
In April, Petty Officer 1st Class Gregory Kyle Seerden was extradited from San Diego to Virginia, where he faces charges of child pornography and child sexual assault.
Investigators were investigating Seerden because he allegedly raped a woman while on a mission in Virginia.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service searched Seerden’s iPhone and found dozens of images of boys and girls engaging in sexual acts.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Irving, a member of San Diego-based SEAL Team Five, also faces charges for allegedly raping a civilian woman in 2015.
Coronado Naval Amphibious Base, San Diego, has been at the center of several high-profile sexual assault cases (file photo)