Coast Guardsman to face court-martial for sexual assault

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MIAMI — A Coast Guard Petty Officer charged with rape, wrongful sexual contact, and adultery will face a court-martial in Miami (the date of court-martial has yet to be determined).

The decision by Rear Adm. Jake Korn, Coast Guard Seventh District Commander, is based on the recommendation of an Article 32 hearing completed Jan. 6, 2014, that reasonable grounds exist to try Petty Officer 1st Class Sheldon J. Bond, 33-years-old, for violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice including:

  • Article 120 – Sexual Assault Generally
  • Article 134 – Adultery

The Article 32 Hearing is similar to a grand jury hearing in the civilian court system.

The charges follow a four-month-long Coast Guard investigation.  The investigation began in March 2013 immediately after the Air Force Office of Special Investigation notified the Coast Guard of the allegations.   The crimes allegedly occurred at a private residence in Lexington, S.C., on Oct. 30, 2010 against a prior enlisted member of the Air Force, who is now a civilian.  The Coast Guard is not releasing the name of the victim in this case to protect privacy.

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:

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