- Associated Press - Friday, May 9, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A former Defense Department contractor escaped prison time after pleading guilty to charges related to the removal of classified materials.

Federal prosecutors say 50-year-old Bruce Schliemann of Virginia Beach was sentenced Friday to three years of supervised release and was fined $10,000.

According to a statement of facts filed in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville, the retired Navy SEAL was working for a Defense Department contractor in San Diego in 2010.

Officials say in April 2010, Schliemann downloaded classified information from a classified computer in a secure facility to a personal thumb drive. That information was then emailed to employees of another defense contractor in Virginia. The information was then subsequently transmitted to other unauthorized persons.