Coast Guardsman charged with assault and battery, maltreatment faces court-martial

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Coast Guardsman charged with assault and battery, cruelty and maltreatment will face a special court-martial Wednesday in Norfolk, Va.

Lt. Wayne Barfield, 44, is charged with violating a number of Articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for allegedly engaging in a broad spectrum of misconduct ranging from assault and battery, inappropriate comments to drunk and disorderly conduct. The charges followed a one-month Coast Guard investigation.

Barfield is charged with:

  • Article 93 – Cruelty and Maltreatment
  • Article 128 – Assault and Battery
  • Article 133 – Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and a Gentleman
  • Article 134 – Punitive Articles (Fraternization, and Drunk and Disorderly Conduct)

Vice Adm. Robert Parker, Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander, decided to convene a court-martial based upon the recommendation of an Article 32 Investigation. An Article 32 Investigation is similar to a grand jury hearing in the civilian court system. The investigation concluded that reasonable grounds exist to try Barfield for violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Barfield was formerly assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin and has been administratively assigned to Marine Safety Unit Savannah and Facilities Engineering Base Elizabeth City, N.C., while awaiting trial.

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:  http://www.uscg.mil/legal/mj/MJ_Doc/UCMJ12.pdf.


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