Chief Petty Officer Sentenced to 18 Years for Attempted Espionage

Navy Chief Petty Officer Bryce Pedicini, who was convicted of attempted espionage in April, has been sentenced to 18 years in military prison, the service confirmed in a statement released Thursday. Writes

In addition to his prison sentence, which comes after a conviction on charges of attempted espionage and failure to follow a lawful order, the statement from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service also said that Pedicini was given a dishonorable discharge and a reduction in rank to E-1.

In earlier statements, NCIS said that the sailor “engaged with the foreign government representative under the guise of writing research papers,” but officials never disclosed the identity of the country.


When Pedicini was first charged, the Navy released documents that showed he was accused of delivering two sets of classified national defense documents — referred to as “Article 1112” and “Article 1223” in the legal paperwork — to “a citizen and employee of a foreign government” between November 2022 and February 2023 in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

The charging documents went on to say that these “articles” were broken up into smaller sections, which Pedicini then delivered over several instances.

Pedicini also provided “images of a [secret-level classification] computer screen to a citizen and employee of a foreign government” in mid-May in Yokosuka, Japan.

He was previously stationed aboard the destroyer USS Higgins, which is homeported in Yokosuka.

When the case was first charged, Pedicini faced allegations of espionage, but he was convicted of the lesser offense of attempted espionage. Officials have not explained why this occurred.

Regardless, the conviction is a high-profile win for Navy prosecutors who have struggled to get convictions in major cases in the past few years.