Petty Officer charged with violations under the UCMJ

CAPE MAY, N.J. – Petty Officer 1st Class Wilson Medina, a gunner’s mate at U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, has been charged with violating two punitive articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The specific charges include one count of abusive sexual contact and one count of forcible sodomy. The alleged incident occurred off base and the accused was in an off-duty status at the time. The victim is also a Coast Guard member. In order to protect the privacy of the victim, no other specific information regarding the individual can be released at this time.

These charges are based upon accusations and the accused is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

A preliminary hearing, in accordance with Article 32 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, is scheduled for April 2 to review the charges and recommend whether reasonable grounds exist to proceed to trial. Medina is entitled to representation by counsel at that hearing.

The allegations against Medina were first reported on 10 December 2007. In accordance with Coast Guard policy, Capt. Sandra L. Stosz, the Commanding Officer of Training Center Cape May, requested an immediate investigation. The investigation was conducted by agents of the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS), an independent Coast Guard command headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Medina was part of the training division staff, and served as a recruit company commander. He was reassigned to new duties and has no contact with recruits.

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