NORFOLK -- A former Navy chief petty officer was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday after child pornography was found on his government-issued computer and in his home, the Department of Justice said in a news release.
According to court filings with the Eastern District of Virginia, Michael A. Eiker, 40, of Virginia Beach, was charged in May 2017 after he turned in his government-issued computer for software upgrades and his command found child pornography. A Naval Criminal Investigative Service forensic review of the laptop revealed additional images and erotica that had been deleted as well as suggestive internet search terms and evidence that external hard drives had been plugged into the device.
A search of his home revealed more than 1,000 images of child sexual abuse on another hard drive as well as journals in which Eiker documented his involvement with child pornography and incidents in which he noted "flirtatious" behavior with a 16-year-old female, exposing himself to a "neighbor's girls" while babysitting and coercing a "young girl" to perform oral sex on him.
Eiker pleaded guilty in January to one count of possessing child pornography , court records show. In addition to his prison sentence, Eiker will serve 25 years supervised release and must register as a sex offender.
Eiker enlisted in July 1995 and served as a gunners mate, according to a Navy biography. He came to Hampton Roads in 2004 and has served with Maritime Expeditionary Security Group 222 and the Virginia Beach-based Coastal Riverine Group Two. Eiker had served since 2012 with the Norfolk-based Carrier Strike Group Four, which helps to train carrier strike and amphibious ready groups for deployment.
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