Coast Guardsman found not guilty of sexual assault

Lady Justice 300PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Edwin R. Angulo, 26, was found not guilty on two specifications (counts) of violating Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 120 – Sexual Assault at the conclusion of a general court-martial Friday afternoon in Key West, Florida.

The court-martial verdict followed a three-month Coast Guard investigation, which indicated that there was sufficient evidence to refer the case to trial.

The Uniform Code of Military Justice is a Federal statute that covers many crimes contained in civilian criminal statutes, in addition to other military-specific offenses such as failure to obey an order, desertion, etc. Coast Guard members charged under the UCMJ are considered innocent unless proven guilty.

Additional information about the UCMJ and the military justice system can be found at: http://ift.tt/NdwvIt.

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