Coast Guardsman to face court martial in Clearwater sexual assault case

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MIAMI — A Coast Guardsman charged with sexually assaulting a St. Petersburg, Florida woman is scheduled to face General Court-Martial at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Monday.

Seaman Colby C. Bailey, 23, is charged with three specifications of aggravated sexual assault, one specification of abusive sexual contact, one specification of assault consummated by a battery and one specification of making a false official statement stemming from an incident that happened in June of 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Coast Guard’s 13-month investigation substantiated allegations that Bailey, the sole member accused in this case, sexually assaulted the victim. The name of the reporting victim will not be released to protect her privacy.

Rear Adm. Jake Korn, commander of the Coast Guard’s 7th District, headquartered in Miami, Florida 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://www.uscg.mil/legal/mj/MJ_Doc/UCMJ12.pdf

The court martial is set to begin 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8th at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, 15100 Fairchild Drive, Clearwater, Florida 33762.

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