Navy engineer who ‘hid US secrets in peanut butter sandwich’ appears in court

Navy engineer who ‘hid US secrets in peanut butter sandwich’ appears in court


The Navy engineer accused of trying to sell secrets about US nuclear submarines using a peanut butter sandwich made his first appearance in federal court Tuesday along with his alleged accomplice wife.

Jonathan Toebbe, 42, and his teacher spouse, Diana, 45, wore orange jumpsuits and blue face masks as they faced a judge in Martinsburg, WV, for a formal reading of the criminal charges against them.

Neither defendant spoke during the brief hearing, other than to answer the judge’s questions indicating they understood their rights.

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The pair, who live in Annapolis, Md., also did not have lawyers present, and US Magistrate Judge Robert Trumble informed them they qualify for court-appointed attorneys.

The Toebbes will remain in jail pending a detention hearing scheduled for Friday.

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