USCG officer to be court-martialed for sexual misconduct

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A Senior Petty Officer with the U.S. Coast Guard, who was based in Portsmouth, will be court-martialed in February for a list of charges related to sexual misconduct.

Senior Chief Petty Officer James R. Hamilton, 33, underwent an Article 32 hearing in June that recommended he be tried for the following violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice:

  • Article 80 – Attempts; abusive sexual contact
  • Article 92 – Failure to obey order or regulation
  • Article 120 – Aggravated sexual contact
  • Article 128 – Assault; assault consummated by a battery

“The charges follow an investigation, which revealed that Hamilton was engaged in a broad spectrum of sexually related misconduct from inappropriate touching to aggravated sexual contact,” said Lt. Scott McBride.

The misconduct occurred while Hamilton was assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Northland, which is homeported in Portsmouth. Hamilton has since transferred from Northland.

Hamilton will face a general court-martial in Norfolk.

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