Coast Guard convenes general court-martial for Coast Guardsman accused of sexually assault

Lady Justice 300PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard Atlantic Area is scheduled to convene a general court-martial at Coast Guard Sector Key West in Key West, Florida Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015 for a Coast Guardsman accused of sexual assault.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Edwin R. Angulo, 26, is accused of the violating Article 120 (2 specifications of sexual assault) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice:

Vice Adm. William Lee, commander of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, referred Angulo’s case to general court-martial on Nov. 14, 2014, following an Article 32 hearing completed on Oct. 16, 2014, which is similar to a grand jury hearing.

The charges follow a three-month long investigation by the Coast Guard Investigative Service, which revealed that Angulo allegedly committed a sexual act upon the reporting victim without consent at his apartment while in Key West, Florida during November and December 2013.

Angulo was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis when the alleged misconduct occurred. The accused has been transferred to Sector Key West.

Charges are accusations against the individual and the accused is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. The Coast Guard is committed to a fair proceeding in compliance with the UCMJ. It is Coast Guard policy to withhold the identity of reporting victims.

The general court-martial will be open to the public.

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