Coast Guard member to face court-martial for sexual assault, false official statements

Justice ThumbWASHINGTON — U.S. Coast Guard Legal Service Command is scheduled to convene a general court-martial for a Coast Guard member accused of sexual assault and domestic violence Monday in Norfolk, Va.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Hopp is charged with violating five articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ): Article 107 for three specifications of making false official statements; Article 120 for six specifications of forcible rape and seven specifications of sexual assault; Article 121 for two specifications of larceny; Article 128 for six specifications of assault consummated by battery; and Article 132 for two specifications of fraud against the United States.

Charges are accusations against the individual and the accused is presumed innocent unless proven guilty by the military justice system. The Coast Guard remains resolute in our commitment to ensuring military justice proceedings are conducted in a timely, objective, and fair manner in accordance with the UCMJ.

It is Coast Guard policy to withhold the identity of the reporting victims.

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