PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A former Coast Guardsman who was previously convicted of rape was acquitted in July during a retrial, a Coast Guard spokesperson confirms.
Lt. Amanda Faulkner says Petty Officer 3rd Class Bryan J. Sullivan was found not guilty in a retrial that concluded July 21.
Sullivan had previously been found guilty of two counts of rape and abusive sexual contact and making a false official statement during a court-martial trial last August.
Faulkner says that initial court-martial was declared a mistrial on Sept. 29, 2016.
Sullivan was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable when was charged. Faulkner says he was extended on active service during the case. As of now, he is still with the Coast Guard and will remain in the Coast Guard until the case is over.