Coast Guardsman convicted of rape

Justice ThumbPORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Coast Guardsman was found guilty of violating two articles of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice during a general court-martial that concluded Wednesday in Norfolk, Virginia.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Bryan J. Sullivan, 32, was found guilty of one specification of Article 107 of the UCMJ – False Official Statement, and two specifications of Article 120 – Rape and Abusive Sexual Contact. Sullivan was sentenced to seven years confinement, reduction to the paygrade of E-1, total forfeiture of pay and allowances, and a dishonorable discharge.

Vice Adm. William Lee, commander of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, referred Sullivan’s case to general court-martial Jan. 15, 2016.

Sullivan was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable when the misconduct occurred in Cape May, New Jersey. He is currently serving his sentence at the Naval Consolidated Brig in Chesapeake, Virginia.

The Coast Guard is committed to driving sexual assault and the behaviors that enable it, such as hazing, harassment and retaliation, out of our service.

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