Great-Lakes based Coast Guardsman accused of sexual assault

By KBJR News 1

Great-Lakes based Coast Guardsman accused of sexual assault

September 13, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM CDT

Cleveland, OH (NNCNOW.com) --- A Coast Guardsman accused of sexual assault and other criminal acts will face a court-martial, scheduled to begin Monday in Norfolk, Va.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Rogers was charged with Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for allegedly committing a sexual assault against a civilian woman at a hotel in Portsmouth, Va., on August 15th.

In addition to the sexual assault charge, Rogers is charged with making a false official statement, obstructing justice, and misuse of a military ID card. Rogers is also accused of conspiring to tamper with a command-directed urinalysis.

Rogers is currently serving at Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, but he is assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Alder which is homeported in Duluth. He was assigned to cutter Alder and was attending training in Portsmouth at the time of the alleged sexual assault.

Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, formerly the commander of the Coast Guard 9th District, decided to refer Rogers’ case to a general court-martial. The decision was made after investigations by the Coast Guard Investigative Service.

If Rogers is found guilty of all charges, he could face up to 120 years in prison.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
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