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Sitka Coast Guardsman sentenced to 18 months

Jul. 8, 2013 - 07:54AM   |  
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JUNEAU, ALASKA — A Coast Guardsman stationed in Sitka has been found guilty of making false official statements and for crimes related to child pornography.

The Juneau Empire reports that Petty Officer 2nd Class James M. Grover was sentenced to 18 months of confinement during a court-martial Saturday in Juneau.

The 30-year-old Grover faced nine counts of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

He admitted to a military judge that he downloaded hundreds of images and videos of child pornography to his personal computer while at Air Station Sitka.

The judge also ordered Grover, who must register as a sex offender, to be dishonorably discharged and forfeit his pay.

His attorneys had argued for a three-month sentence and that he be allowed to stay in the service.

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