Coast Guard Petty Officer to face court martial in Key West, Fla., for assaulting tourist couple

MIAMI — A Coast Guard petty officer charged with assaulting a couple visiting Key West, Fl. while on vacation, is scheduled to face a Special Court-Martial at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.

The Coast Guard is charging Petty Officer Michael G. Gold, 40, with assault and drunkenness stemming from an incident that occurred outside a Key West bar in November, 2013. Gold allegedly groped the female victim and then physically assaulted the victim’s husband when confronted. Gold is being charged with violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Article 120: Abusive Sexual contact

Article 128: Assault consummated by a battery (two specifications)

Article 134: Drunk and Disorderly Conduct

Capt. Aylwyn Young, commander of Coast Guard Sector Key West, 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:

The court martial is set for 8 a.m., Oct. 6 at the Federal Courthouse, 302 Fleming Street Courtroom B Key West, Fl. 33040.

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