A decorated U.S. Navy SEAL is being investigated for allegedly moonlighting as a porn star.
The San Diego-Union Tribune first reported Friday that Navy Chief Special Warfare Officer Joseph John Schmidt III, who has served in the military for more than 23 years, is under investigation for apparently appearing in more than 29 pornographic films in the past seven years.
Schmidt appeared in the films under the name “Jay Voom.”
“There are very clear regulations which govern outside employment … as well as prohibitions on behavior that is discrediting to the service,” said SEALs spokesman Capt. Jason Salata, according to Fox News.
“We have initiated a formal investigation into these allegations. There are very clear regulations which govern outside employment by (Naval Special Warfare) personnel as well as prohibitions on behavior that is discrediting to the service,” Salata told the San Diego Union-Tribune.The investigation will determine whether Schmidt violated rules requiring that SEALs obtain approval in advance for any outside work. The investigation, which began less than a year prior to Schmidt’s planned retirement, could affect his rank and pension benefits, according to the San Diego-Union Tribune.
Schmidt’s wife, porn star Jewels Jade, said her husband got involved in the porn business to help the family pay its bills.
“It helped our family. It got us out of a lot of financial issues we were going through,” Jade told the Tribune. “I could take care of the children. I could try to get us out of financial debt.”