Coast Guard member sentenced to 9 years for sexual abuse of a child

Lady Justice 300ALAMEDA, Calif. – A Coast Guard member was sentenced to nine years confinement after pleading guilty to sexual assault of a child, sexual abuse of a child, and other violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice during a general court-martial held aboard Coast Guard Base Alameda Tuesday.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jesse P. Wilson was sentenced to nine years confinement, a dishonorable discharge, and reduction to the rank of E-1 during the general court-martial. He pled guilty to sexual abuse of a child, two specifications of sexual assault of a child, extortion, two specifications of assault consummated by a battery, false official statement, knowingly possessing an explicit image of a child, and failing to properly register firearms.

Wilson committed sexual acts with a victim older than 12 but who had not yet attained the age of 16 near Honolulu in December 2014, resulting in the charge of sexual assault of a child. Wilson also communicated indecent language to the same child in December 2014, resulting in the charge of sexual abuse of a child.The member also pled guilty to extortion after he threatened to post nude images of an adult victim on the internet in November 2014.

During the course of the investigation, agents from the Coast Guard Investigative Service found an explicit image of the child victim on his phone, which resulted in a charge of conduct discrediting to the Coast Guard for knowingly possessing an explicit image of a child. Agents also discovered Wilson had physically assaulted two victims in separate incidents while stationed at Coast Guard Special Missions Training Center, N.C., in 2011 and 2013, resulting in two specifications of assault consummated by a battery.

The Coast Guard Investigative Service led the investigation. Attorneys from Coast Guard Pacific Area Command in Alameda prosecuted the case.

Wilson will serve his sentence at U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar, California.

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