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

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

Chief Warrant Officer Richard M. Clark is accused of the following violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice:

  • Five specifications of aggravated assault under Article 128, including assault with a loaded firearm;
  • Three specifications of assault consummated by a battery under Article 128;
  • One specification of sexual assault under Article 120;
  • One specification of aggravated sexual contact under Article 120;
  • Four specifications under Article 133, conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman
  • One specification of drunken operation of a vehicle under Article 111; and
  • One specification of obstruction of justice under Article 134.

The district commander for the Eighth Coast Guard District referred CWO Clark’s case to a general court-martial on June 4 following an Article 32 hearing completed April 24.

CWO Clark was assigned to Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, Texas, when the alleged misconduct occurred. He is currently administratively assigned to Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston.

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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