Coast Guard officer to face court martial in Puerto Rico sexual assault case

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MIAMI — A Coast Guard commissioned officer charged with sexually assaulting the wife of another Coast Guardsman is scheduled to face General Court Martial at Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico, Thursday.

The Coast Guard is charging Lt. Daniel G. Eyer, 31, with sexual assault and abusive sexual contact stemming from an incident that happened March 8 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Both charges are violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 120.

Eyer, a Coast Guard aviator currently stationed at Air Station Borinquen, is accused of assaulting the victim while she was asleep in a vehicle outside an establishment in Aguadilla. Eyer signed a pre-trial agreement and is expected to plead guilty to the charges.

The Coast Guard’s month long investigation revealed that Eyer, the sole member accused in this case, engaged in sexually related misconduct, specifically sexual assault and abusive sexual contact. The name of the victim will not be released to protect her privacy.

Rear Adm. Jake Korn, commander of the Coast Guard 7th District headquartered in Miami is the convening authority for the court martial.

The Uniform Code of Military Justice is a complete set of criminal laws that covers most crimes contained in civilian law in addition to other military-specific offenses such as failure to obey an order, desertion, etc. Additional information about the UCMJ and the military justice system can be found at: http://ift.tt/NdwvIt

The court martial is set for 8 a.m. Sept. 4 at Air Station Borinquen.

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