Coast Guard member to face court-martial for alleged violations of Uniform Code of Military Justice

Lady Justice 300NEW ORLEANS — The 8th Coast Guard District is scheduled to convene a general court-martial at the Hale Boggs Federal Building Tuesday for a Coast Guard member accused of multiple violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Gregory E. Cooper, is accused of the following violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice:

  • Two specifications under Article 92, one for violating a lawful order and one for dereliction of duty
  • One specification under Article 107 for making a false official statement
  • Four specifications under Article 120, two for sexual assault and two for abusive sexual contact
  • Three specifications under Article 134, two specifications for adultery and one for indecent conduct

The district commander for the 8th Coast Guard District referred Cooper’s case to a general court-martial on April 7 following an Article 32 hearing completed January 16, which determined there was sufficient evidence to move the case forward to courts-martial.

Cooper was assigned to Aids to Navigation Team Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington, and Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon in Grand Isle, Louisiana, when the alleged misconduct occurred. He is currently administratively assigned to the Eighth District staff.

Charges are accusations against the individual and the accused is presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by the military justice system. It is Coast Guard policy to withhold the identity of reporting victims.

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