Navy Engineer Sentenced for Mishandling Classified Material

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Naval reservist has been sentenced for mishandling classified military materials.

A federal attorney announced Wednesday that Bryan Nishimura of Folsom, California pleaded guilty to the unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials.

Nishimura, deployed in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008 as a regional engineer, has admitted to downloading classified briefings and digital records onto his personal electronic devices. He carried the materials off base and brought them back to the U.S. when his deployment ended.

An FBI search of Nishimura’s home turned up classified materials, but did not reveal evidence he intended to distribute them.

He has been sentenced to two years of probation and a $7,500 fine, and has been ordered to surrender his security clearance. He is barred from seeking a future security clearance.

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