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21 Coasties convicted in 2nd half of 2013

Apr. 5, 2014 - 01:36PM   |  
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The Coast Guard handed down 21 court-martial convictions, 200 discharges and 15 reliefs in the second half of 2013, according to good order and discipline statistics recently released by the service.

Offenses from July through December ranged from fraud to inappropriate relationships to possession of child pornography. In addition to the courts-martial, the service handed down 407 nonjudicial punishments, including about $160,000 in fines, 538 days of restriction and 38 official admonitions or reprimands.

A list of courts-martial verdicts from the second half of 2013:

■An E-8 was convicted for participating as part of the member’s official duties in purchasing transactions in which the member’s spouse had a financial interest and having a direct and predictable effect on that interest, making unauthorized purchases on two members’ purchase cards, failing to order the required 70 percent of all subsistence procurement where available from the prime vendor and making unauthorized split purchases. The member was sentenced to forfeiture of two-thirds pay for one month, three days’ restriction and reduction to paygrade E-7.

■An E-7 was convicted for violation of a lawful order after engaging in romantic relationships with four recent graduates of recruit training. The member was sentenced to reduction to paygrade E-6.

■An E-7 was convicted for maltreatment by subjecting members to deliberate and repeated offensive comments, gestures and touching of a sexual nature, and unlawfully striking two members. The member was sentenced to reduction to paygrade E-6.

■An E-7 was convicted for failing to follow regulations prohibiting sexual relationships between recruiters and applicants. The member was sentenced to reduction to paygrade E-6.

■An E-7 was convicted for making fraudulent claims regarding a permanent change-of-station move and the performance of a personally procured move. The member was sentenced to reduction to paygrade E-6.

■An E-6 was convicted for knowingly possessing child pornography. The member was sentenced to three months’ confinement and reduction to paygrade E-5.

■An E-6 was convicted for desertion and wrongfully using marijuana. The member was sentenced to confinement for 10 months, reduction to paygrade E-3 and a bad conduct discharge.

■An E-6 was convicted for committing adultery and wrongfully dating and engaging in a romantic relationship with a recent graduate of recruit training. The member was sentenced to reduction to paygrade E-5.

■An E-6 was convicted for violating a lawful general order by wrongfully socializing with a military applicant. The member was sentenced to 14 days’ restriction and forfeiture of seven days’ pay.

■An E-5 was convicted for being absent from his unit without authority, using marijuana, using cocaine, discussing the desire to purchase marijuana and his position in the Coast Guard, possessing drug paraphernalia and materials indicating an intent to adulterate a urinalysis specimen, using spice and possessing marijuana. The member was sentenced to 350 days’ confinement, reduction to paygrade E-1 and a bad conduct discharge.

■An E-5 was convicted for not returning unauthorized items purchased with the issued government credit card for food purchase after being ordered to do so, failing to purchase only authorized food items with the assigned government credit card for food purchase, providing fabricated documents, stealing kitchenware valued at $589.05 and committing fraud by obtaining the approval, allowance and payment of $2,969.97 with fabricated receipts. The member was sentenced to 45 days’ confinement and reduction to paygrade E-1.

■An E-5 was convicted for possessing an unauthorized firearm aboard a federal facility. The member was sentenced to 15 days’ restriction and a reprimand.

■An E-5 was convicted for and knowingly viewing images of child pornography and knowingly possessing images of child pornography. The member was sentenced to five months’ confinement, forfeiture of $1,010 per month for five months, and reduction to paygrade E-1.

■An E-5 was convicted for making false official statements, use of heroin and stealing $200 from the wardroom. The member was sentenced to forfeiture of $1,410 pay per month for one month, a fine of $200 and reduction to paygrade E-4.

■An E-5 was convicted for propositioning a recent graduate of recruit training, disobeying an order by contacting a recent graduate of recruit training, wrongfully dating five recent graduates of recruit training and committing adultery. The member was sentenced to 45 days’ restriction, forfeiture of $1,602.04 per month for one month, and reduction to E-4.

■An E-4 was convicted for committing adultery and providing false official statements to a police officer with the intent to deceive. The member was sentenced to reduction to paygrade E-1 and a bad conduct discharge.

■An E-4 was convicted for assault consummated by a battery. The member was sentenced to 18 days’ confinement and reduction to paygrade E-3.

■An E-4 was convicted for making false official statements. The member was sentenced to 15 days’ confinement and reduction to paygrade E-3.

■An E-4 was convicted for remaining absent without authority for four days, not contacting the Red Cross before departing on emergency leave, not providing contact information before departing on emergency leave, not turning on the Out of Office Assistant feature before departing on emergency leave, and providing false official statements. The member was sentenced to one month’s confinement and reduction to paygrade E-2.

■An E-3 was convicted for possession and use of marijuana and making false official statements. The member was sentenced to one month’s restriction and reduction to paygrade E-2.

■An E-2 was convicted for unlawfully placing his hands on another service member’s knee and being drunk and disorderly, conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces. The member was sentenced to 45 days’ confinement, forfeiture of $1,000 per month for one month, and reduction to paygrade E-1.■

A complete list of courts-martial, reliefs and administrative actions is available in ALCOAST 111/014.

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