Coast Guardsman sentenced for wrongful sexual contact

US Coast Guard seal
US Coast Guard seal

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A former officer in the Coast Guard was convicted Thursday and sentenced Friday for having affairs with more than one enlisted member.

Chief Petty Officer Joe H. Carter, 39, was sentenced during a special court-martial held in Norfolk. He will spend one month in confinement, be reduced to E-4 and receive a letter of reprimand. According to a press release, the Coast Guard will also pursue and administrative discharge of Carter.

Carter was convicted of Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice “for the wrongful sexual contact with one enlisted female Coast Guard member.” He pleaded guilty to two specifications of Article 92 for failure to obey an order/regulation about a prohibited relationship and two specifications of Article 134 for adultery.

Officials say Carter is a married man who touched the buttocks of a female Coast Guard member without her consent. They also say Carter had affairs with two other female members that were consensual. The crimes occurred between November 2010 and June 2013.

The investigation began after a crewmember reported Carter was having an inappropriate relationship with a female junior officer. That investigation was completed in June 2013.

Carter was assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, which is homeported in Seattle, at the time of the incidents.

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