Navy sailor pleads guilty to charges in identity theft case

Clayton A. Pressley

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Navy sailor accused of taking the identity of members in his command, pleaded guilty to felony charges this week.

Senior Chief Clayton Pressley III entered a plea agreement on charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to Aug. 22 court documents.

Authorities say Pressley stole the personal information of two subordinates, and then used that info to take out loans online from a bank. The loans totaled $24,000. The theft goes as far back as July of 2015.

According to releasable information from the Navy, Pressley enlisted in 1997. He has been awarded a bronze star and is attached to an explosive ordinance unit. A spokeswoman for the Navy told 10 On Your Side that as of today, Pressley is still active duty.

“EODCS Clayton Pressley currently remains on active duty. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 6 is currently evaluating the situation to take appropriate action, and is committed to ensuring accountability for those who are found to have violated standards of conduct or broken the law,” Lt. Liz Dougherty, Public Affairs Officer for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 wrote in an email.

Pressley will be sentenced in January of 2017.

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