Locally-based Navy SEAL charged with kidnapping, rape

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (WAVY/Chopper 10)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A U.S. Navy SEAL has been charged with rape in connection to an alleged incident that happened in Kentucky in 2015.

Chief Special Warfare Operator Stephen Varanko III is charged with kidnapping, rape, sexual assault and assault.

Varanko is with Special Reconnaissance Team Two at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

Varanko’s court-martial is scheduled to begin next week.