Coast Guard member sentenced to four years confinement at General Court-Martial

SEATTLE — A Coast Guard member has been found guilty of violating one specification of Article 107 and two specifications of violating Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including a sexual act against a person incapable of consenting due to impairment of alcohol.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Juan A. Guzman was sentenced by a General Court-Martial on Friday to confinement for four years, reduction in rank to E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and a dishonorable discharge.

Guzman was convicted of committing a sexual assault in Port Angeles, WA, on May 17, 2014, and subsequently lying to Coast Guard Investigative Service agents on July 9, 2015.

The Coast Guard Investigative Service led the investigation. CGIS completed their investigation of Guzman’s reported sexual assault in July 2016. As a result of that investigation, charges against MK3 Guzman under the UCMJ were preferred on August 8, 2016, and then referred to a General Court-Martial on September 6, 2016.

The Coast Guard’s policies and focus on sexual assault crimes incorporate numerous prohibited elements of criminal misconduct. These policies target the crime of forcible rape and all unwanted sexual acts and contact that are aggravated or abusive in nature.

The efforts of the Coast Guard are sharply focused on creating a culture where every service member respects the rights of others.

Coast Guard Judge Advocates from the Thirteenth Coast Guard District in Seattle prosecuted the case. Guzman’s court-martial was held at the Jackson Federal Building in Seattle.

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