Coast Guard prefers charges against Coast Guardsman for alleged unlawful sexual contact

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard 9th District announced, Thursday, the decision to prefer charges against a Coast Guardsman accused of abusive sexual contact based upon a Coast Guard Investigative Service investigation.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua M. Raymond has been accused of violating Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for allegedly committing abusive sexual contact on a fellow service member during a party at or near Wauwatosa, Wis., on or about Nov. 27, 2013.

In addition to the abusive sexual contact charge, Raymond is also charged with Article 80 of the UCMJ for attempted sexual assault and Article 107 for allegedly making false official statements during the CGIS investigation.

Rear Adm. Fred Midgette, commander of the 9th District, preferred Raymond’s case to an Article 32 hearing, similar to a civilian grand jury hearing.

At the time of the alleged incident, Raymond was assigned to Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan located in Milwaukee. As an operations specialist, he was assigned as a watchstander in the sector’s command center. Following the investigation, Raymond was moved and assigned to Station Grand Haven, Mich.

Charges are accusations against the individual, and the accused is presumed innocent. The Coast Guard is committed to a fair proceeding in compliance with the UCMJ. It is Coast Guard policy to withhold the identity of alleged victims.

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