A former Navy sailor was arrested Thursday morning on charges he attempted to provide classified information to undercover FBI agents he believed were Russian representatives.
Robert Patrick Hoffman II, 39, of Virginia Beach, Va. was indicted on attempted espionage charges on Wednesday. Hoffman spent 20 years in the Navy and retired on Nov. 1, 2011, according to the Justice Department. The indictment alleged that Hoffman attempted to deliver classified documents revealing national security information to the undercover agents on Oct. 21. The documents revealed methods the Navy used to track U.S. submarines, according to the indictment. Hoffman is due in court in the Eastern District of Virginia at 2:30 p.m.