Coast Guard member found guilty of violating a lawful order at general court-martial

Lady Justice 300NEW ORLEANS — A Coast Guard member was found guilty of violating a lawful order during a court-martial at the Hale Boggs Federal Building Wednesday.

A military judge found Petty Officer 2nd Class Gregory E. Cooper guilty of one specification of Article 92 under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  The military judge found Cooper not guilty of several other charges including: dereliction of duty, making a false official statement, aggravated sexual assault, abusive sexual contact, indecent conduct, and adultery.

Cooper has been reduced in rank to E-4.

The 8th Coast Guard District Commander referred Cooper’s case to a general court-martial on April 7 following an Article 32 hearing completed January 16, which determined there was sufficient evidence to move the case forward to court- martial.

Cooper was assigned to Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington, and Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon in Grand Isle, Louisiana, when the alleged misconduct occurred. He is currently administratively assigned to the 8th District staff.

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