HARTFORD — A naval technician was sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by five years supervised release on Monday for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy on the grounds of the Naval Submarine Base in Groton.
Chazzman Chung, 29, of Groton, met the victim through an online dating app in 2018, according to John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut. Though the victim’s profile stated he was 18 years old, Durham said Chung was aware that the boy was only 14.
After communicating via text messages and phone calls, the two made plans to meet on Dec. 19, 2018, Durham said.
That day, the victim stayed home from school and met up with Chung, who picked the him up and drove him back to the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Durham said.
“In his barracks, Chung engaged in illegal sexual activity with the victim,” Durham wrote in a press release.
The two communicated via text messages and phone calls. The victim’s Grindr profile indicated that he was 18 years old, but he told Chung that he was 14 years old. On December 19, 2018, the victim feigned illness and stayed home from school. On that date, Chung picked up the victim at the victim’s residence and drove back to the Naval Submarine Base in Groton.
Chung was arrested on state charges on April 9, 2019, and on a federal criminal complaint on Oct. 17, 2019.
On Feb. 24, he pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of sexual abuse of a minor.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea ordered Chung, who is released on a $25,000 bond, to report to prison in 90 days.