Coast Guardsman found guilty, sentenced for wrongful sexual contact

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Coast Guardsman was convicted Thursday and sentenced Friday during a special court-martial held in Norfolk, Va.

Chief Petty Officer Joe H. Carter, 39, was sentenced to one month confinement, reduction to E-4 and a letter of reprimand. Based on the conviction and sentencing, the Coast Guard will pursue an administrative discharge of Carter.

Carter was convicted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice of one specification of Article 120 (wrongful sexual contact) and pled guilty to two specifications of Article 92 (failure to obey an order/regulation – prohibited relationship) and two specifications of Article 134 (adultery).

The crimes he was found guilty of occurred from November 2010 until June 2013.

Vice Adm. Robert Parker, Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander, was the court-martial convening authority.

Carter was assigned to the Coast Guard Navigation Center Detachment, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., while he awaited court-martial.

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