— A U.S. Coast Guard officer will face a military hearing on
allegations that he had abusive sexual contact with a female
colleague while stationed in Milwaukee, the Coast Guard said
The case of Petty
Officer 3rd Class Joshua M. Raymond has been referred to an
Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a civilian grand jury
hearing, said Coast Guard spokesman Christopher Yaw. The outcome
could range from having the charges dropped to initiating
court-martial proceedings, he said.
likely will be held in June in Milwaukee, Yaw said.
30-year-old from Deerfield, was an operations specialist at the
Lake Michigan facility in Milwaukee. He is accused of having
improper sexual contact with a fellow service member during a
party in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa on Nov. 27, according
to a Coast Guard news release.
doesn't describe the alleged contact but says the man is also
accused of attempted sexual assault and making false statements
during the investigation.
attorney, Grover Baxley, said his client intends to plead not
guilty to all charges against him.
Baxley also said
he was troubled that the Coast Guard sent out a news release
identifying Raymond by name at such an early stage in the process.
He suggested the move raises the possibility that military
officials exerted improper influence.
Guard's decision to broadcast these allegations publicly even
before a preliminary evidentiary hearing calls into question
whether my client can receive fair consideration of his case
within this particular chain of command," Baxley said in an
email. "I look forward to learning of the Coast Guard's
legitimate rationale for seeking out publicity for this
transferred to Station Grand Haven, Mich., after the
investigation. A message left for him there was not immediately