Coast Guard News
9th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
Date: Sept. 23, 2013
Ninth Coast Guard District
Office: (216) 902-6020
Mobile: (216) 310-2608
Great Lakes-based Coast Guardsman found guilty of sexual assault, other charges
CLEVELAND — A Coast Guardsman accused of sexual assault and other charges was found guilty Monday during a general court-martial in Norfolk, Va.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew A. Rogers was convicted of Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for committing a sexual assault against a civilian woman at a hotel in Portsmouth, Va., Aug. 15, 2012.
In addition to the sexual assault charge, Rogers was convicted of the following: Article 81, conspiracy, for tampering with a command-directed urinalysis at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., March 15, 2013; Article 107, false official statements; and Article 134, a general article of the UCMJ, which applies to conduct that is to the prejudice of good order and discipline, and is a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.
Rogers’ sentence pends, but once announced, that information will be released.
While awaiting court-martial, Rogers served at Sector Sault Ste. Marie and then Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio. He is permanently assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Alder, a 225-foot sea-going buoy tender homeported in Duluth, Minn., having been assigned there since March 2012, and was attending training in Portsmouth, Va., at the time of the sexual assault.
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