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The Coast Guard handed down 10 court-martial convictions, eight discharges and five reliefs in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, according to good order and discipline statistics it released last month.
Offenses from October to December included possession of child pornography, falsifying a urine test and on-duty heroin use. In addition to the courts-martial, the service handed down 313 nonjudicial punishments, including about $116,000 in fines and 3,394 days of restriction.
■ An O-3 was convicted by general court-martial for causing a breach of the peace by breaking a glass door, kicking a trash can, trespassing onto a person’s property and breaking into the apartment, as well as unlawful entry and other charges. The member was sentenced to forfeit $2,500 per month for two months and given a reprimand.
■An E-7 was convicted by special court-martial for violating a lawful general regulation by maintaining two personal revolvers and ammunition in the berthing area without permission, willfully failing to store private revolvers and ammunition in the armory, maltreating three subordinates subject to orders, making false official statements, unlawfully striking another member on the shoulder, assaulting two members and orally communicating indecent language to two members. The member was sentenced to reduction to E-4, confinement for three months and a bad conduct discharge.
■An E-7 was convicted by special court-martial for failing to obey a lawful general order prohibiting the use of a travel charge card for transactions while not in an official travel status, twice using the card for a cash withdrawal while not in travel status and submitting a travel claim which was fraudulent in the amount of $2,528.40 by creating a hotel receipt for reimbursement. The member was sentenced to reduction to E-6.
■An E-6 was convicted by special court-martial for maltreating two subordinates and grabbing three members’ breasts. The E-6 was sentenced to reduction to E-4 and three months’ confinement.
■An E-5 was convicted by general court-martial for making false official statements, attempting to possess child pornography, and possessing one or more visual depictions of what appears to be child pornography. The member was sentenced to a total forfeiture of pay, reduction to E-1 confinement for nine months, and a bad conduct discharge.
■An E-5 was convicted by special court-martial for using heroin on diverse occasions while on duty as a sentinel or lookout, possessing about .01 grams of heroin and introducing unknown quantities of heroin and Buprenorphine — a drug that can be used to treat opiod addiction, but also produces euphoric effects — onto a vessel, aircraft, vehicle or installation used by the armed forces or under control of the armed forces. The member was sentenced to reduction to E-1, confinement for two months, and a bad conduct discharge
■An E-5 was convicted by special court-martial for unlawfully touching another member on the leg and back, drunk and disorderly conduct, and unlawfully entering the berthing of the opposite sex. The member was sentenced to reduction to E-3 and confinement for 60 days.
■An E-4 was convicted by special court-martial for threatening to kill the commanding officer, executive officer, and command master chief. The member was sentenced to reduction to E-2 and a bad conduct discharge.
■An E-3 was convicted by general court-martial for making false official statements, engaging in a course of conduct directed at a person thereby inducing a reasonable fear of bodily harm, unlawfully striking that person on the thigh, unlawfully grabbing them by the shoulders and pulling them backwards, communicating a threat to injure the person, and engaging in sexual contact without the person’s permission. The member was sentenced to a reprimand, forfeitures of all pay and allowances, reduction to E-1, confinement for nine months and a bad conduct discharge.
■An E-3 was convicted by summary court-martial for conspiring with another member to interfere with an adverse administrative proceeding by replacing, concealing, and diluting another member’s urine sample, signing an official record affirming the urine was their own with the intent to deceive, and using marijuana, among other charges. The member was sentenced to a reprimand, forfeiture of $750 and reduction to E-2.
■An E-7 pleaded guilty in civilian court to a charge of attempted sexual battery. The member was sentenced to 25 years’ incarceration and received an other-than-honorable discharge in lieu of court-martial.
■An E-5 engaged in sexual intercourse in a Coast Guard-controlled workspace, wrongfully had intercourse with a married civilian and made a false official statement. The member received an other-than-honorable discharge in lieu of court-martial.
■An E-4 distributed visual depictions of child pornography and possessed one or more computer hard drives containing images of a prepubescent minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The member was found guilty in civilian court and was sentenced to 6½ years in prison. The member received an other-than-honorable discharge in lieu of court-martial.
Reliefs for cause
■An O-4 was relieved as commanding officer of a cutter due to a poor command climate. While in command, the climate on board deteriorated to an extent that members of the command cadre felt unable to raise safety concerns and were routinely excluded from management activities involving their respective divisions.
■Two E-7s were relieved as executive petty officers of patrol boats: one for failing to qualify as a deck watch officer, the other because of ineffective leadership and administration.
■Two E-6s were relieved as executive petty officers of stations: one for fostering a poor command climate, the other because of ineffective leadership and administration.