Coast Guardsman charged with wrongful sexual conduct to face court-martial

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CLEVELAND—The Coast Guard 9th District announced, Wednesday, the decision to bring a Coast Guardsman to special court-martial based upon a Coast Guard Investigative Service investigation related to a charge of wrongful sexual contact.

Petty Officer 1st Class Jack A. Haltom was charged with Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for allegedly making wrongful sexual contact with a Coast Guard member.

In addition to the wrongful sexual contact charge, Haltom is also charged with Article 107 for making false official statements during the CGIS investigation and Article 134 for conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline or of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.

Rear Adm. Fred Midgette, commander of the 9th District, decided to refer Haltom’s case to a special court-martial.

Haltom was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, homeported in Cheboygan, Mich., at the time of the investigation, but was moved to Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, in Milwaukee, Wisc. following the investigation.

Charges are accusations against the individual, and the accused is presumed innocent. The Coast Guard is committed to a fair proceeding in compliance with the UCMJ. It is Coast Guard policy to withhold the identity of alleged victims.

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