Coast Guardsman convicted in sex assault

US Coast Guard seal
US Coast Guard seal

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A Coast Guard Petty Officer was convicted Thursday and sentenced Friday for sexually assaulting a junior Coast Guard woman, among other charges.

During a court-martial in Norfolk, Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Crum, 28, was convicted of the following charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice :

  • Two specifications of Article 93 — cruelty and maltreatment
  • One specification of Article 107 — false official statements
  • On specification of Article 120 — wrongful sexual contact

A Coast Guard release said the final charge is related to “a broad spectrum of sexually-related misconduct,” involving the Coast Guard woman, between January 2011 and April 2012 while both were assigned to a shore-based unit in Minnesota.

The victim alerted her command to the misconduct in November 2012. Officials say Crum’s false official statement charges comes from statements he made to investigators in January 2013.

Crum was sentenced to a Letter of Reprimand, a $1,500 fine, reduction to pay grade E-4, restriction to Base Boston for 60 days, and hard labor without confinement for 60 days.

Crum was assigned to Coast Guard Base Boston while he awaited court-martial.

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