Coast Guard Cadet receives Non-Judicial Punishment as ongoing case concludes

Coast Guard Academy News
NEW LONDON, Conn. – A cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy accused of abusive sexual contact against another cadet was brought to non-judicial punishment today for unlawfully entering a cadet barracks room while drunk and touching another cadet on the leg.

On April 2, an Article 32 pretrial investigation was held at the Academy to inquire into the truth of the matters set forth in the charges, consider the form of the charges, and to get information to determine the disposition of the case. The Article 32 Investigating Officer ultimately found that reasonable grounds did not exist to support the charge of abusive sexual contact under Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The Investigating Officer recommended that other misconduct heard during the hearing be disposed of through non-judicial punishment.

Following receipt and review of the Article 32 report of investigation, and pretrial legal advice from the Academy Staff Judge Advocate, Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz, Superintendent and convening authority in this case, concurred with the recommendations and decided to impose non-judicial punishment upon the cadet for assault consummated by battery, unlawful entry, and drunk and disorderly conduct under Articles 128 and 134 of the UCMJ.

“Throughout this entire process the Academy has remained committed to providing all needed support to the victim, ensuring a full and fair proceeding in compliance with the Uniform Code of Military Justice and holding those who commit misconduct accountable for their actions in the interest of good order and discipline” said Commandant of Cadets, Capt. James McCauley.

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