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Coast Guardsman convicted of sexual assault in Va.

Sep. 24, 2013 - 07:59AM   |  
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NORFOLK, VA. — A Coast Guardsman accused of sexual assault and other charges has been convicted during a general court-martial in Virginia.

The Coast Guard says that Petty Officer 3rd Class Mathew Rogers was found guilty Monday of sexually assaulting a civilian woman at a hotel in Portsmouth in August 2012. He also was convicted of making a false official statement and other counts.

His pending sentence will be announced later.

While awaiting court-martial, Rogers served at Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and then Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, but he is assigned to the Cutter Alder, a 225-foot sea-going buoy tender homeported in Duluth, Minn. He has been assigned there since March 2012.

The Guard said in a news release that Rogers was attending training in Virginia when the sexual assault occurred.

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