Coast Guard Petty Officer to face court martial in Miami sexual assault case

MIAMI — A Coast Guard petty officer charged with sexually assaulting a Miami area resident is scheduled to face General Court-Martial at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach in Miami, Sept. 23, 2014.

The Coast Guard is charging Petty Officer Tyler A. Banks, 30, with two specifications of sexual assault stemming from an incident that happened in March of 2013 in Miami. The two charges are violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 120.

Banks, a damage controlman third class, who is stationed at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, is accused of assaulting the victim inside his Miami-area residence in March 2013.

The Coast Guard’s four month long investigation revealed that Banks, the sole member accused in this case, is accused of sexually assaulting the victim. The name of the victim will not be released to protect her privacy.

Rear Adm. Thomas Jones, Director of Operational Logistics headquartered in Norfolk, Va. is the convening authority for the court martial.

Banks is also accused of making official false statements, a violation of Article 107.

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., Sept. 23 at Base Miami Beach.

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