Navy sailor waives investigative hearing on charges he videotaped female officers on submarine

A Navy sailor charged with videotaping female officers in stages of undress aboard a submarine has waived a hearing that would have allowed his attorneys to argue against sending the case to a court-martial.

A Navy spokeswoman says the sailor, an unidentified missile technician formerly assigned to the Georgia-based submarine USS Wyoming, opted against having an Article 32 hearing scheduled Friday at Mayport Naval Station in Florida. The hearing is similar to a civilian grand jury in that it helps commanders decide whether there's evidence to support a court-martial. Defense evidence also can be presented.

The Navy has charged seven sailors in connection with recording and sharing illicit videotapes of female officers and student trainees aboard the Wyoming since 2013. Women began serving on U.S. submarines in 2011.