Martinsburg, West Virginia — A Maryland couple accused of trying to sell some of the secrets of America’s most tightly guarded nuclear submarine since they were arrested over the weekend appeared in court for the first time.
The couple, Jonathan and Diana Tobbe, reveal the secrets of nuclear propulsion to undercover agents during this year’s series of dead drops featuring peanut butter sandwiches, gum packages, and memory cards hidden in band-aid rappers. I was accused of selling it.
Both couples were charged with restricted data transmission, conspiracy to convey restricted data, and potentially life imprisonment. Neither of them was asked to enter a plea during their brief appearance.
Jonathan Tobbe’s hearing in federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia ended in five minutes. Judge Robert W. Tumble said Tove was qualified as a court-appointed lawyer and set up two hearings on Friday, a hearing on his ongoing detention and a preliminary hearing next week. rice field.
Toebbe wore a mask to protect him from Covid-19 and was sitting in an orange prison jumpsuit. A former naval officer, he chopped the army’s haircut and responded to the judge with a clear, unwavering voice.
After her husband left the courtroom, Tobbe, with short white hair and an orange jumpsuit, was brought in second. They couldn’t see each other. They have two school-aged children.
She was also granted permission from a lawyer appointed to the court. The court set her a similar detention and preliminary hearing date.
The Justice Department called for continued detention of both Jonathan Tobbe, a nuclear propulsion expert who worked as a civilian in the U.S. Navy after leaving the army, and his wife, a history and English teacher. I did. Sentence when convicted.
The first dead drop that the FBI first identified Toebbes occurred in West Virginia, where the government charged.
Jonathan Tobbe could face imprisonment of more than 15 years if he decides to plead guilty based on a similar case in which government scientists attempt to sell secrets to foreign forces. I have.
The incident caused a wave of turmoil in Annapolis, Maryland, where they lived, and in a private school taught by Tove.
Jonathan Tobbe’s friends struggled to square the devoted father and organized scientist they knew in the images presented in the court documents of sloppy amateur spies.
Toebbe was a teacher and yearbook adviser with enthusiastic support among students and graduates who admired her fierce feminism and progressive prospects.
Kitty Bennett Contributed to the research.