By Associated Press - Friday, July 24, 2015

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Navy sailor has been indicted on allegations he illegally retained photos he took with his cell phone of classified areas and equipment inside a nuclear attack submarine based in Connecticut.

Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said Friday that a federal grand jury in Bridgeport indicted 28-year-old Kristian Saucier of Arlington, Vermont, on charges including unauthorized retention of defense information and obstruction of justice. The two charges combined carry up to 30 years in prison.

Authorities say Saucier was a machinist’s mate from 2007 to 2012 aboard the USS Alexandria based at the Navy submarine base in Groton.

Saucier was arrested May 28 and posted $100,000 bail.

His lawyer, Derrick Hogan, said Saucier denies all the allegations and will plead not guilty Monday. Hogan accused prosecutors of distorting the facts.

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