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Coast Guardsman sentenced for sexual assault in Va

Tuesday - 9/24/2013, 4:40pm  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A Coast Guardsman has been sentenced to 10 years confinement in a military brig after being convicted of sexual assault and other charges during a general court-martial in Virginia.

The Coast Guard says that Petty Officer 3rd Class Mathew Rogers was sentenced Monday evening in Norfolk.

He was found guilty of sexually assaulting a civilian woman at a hotel in Portsmouth in 2012. He also was convicted of making a false official statement and other counts.

Rogers also received a bad conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay and a reduction to the military's lowest enlisted grade.

Rogers has been assigned to the Cutter Alder, a 225-foot sea-going buoy tender homeported in Duluth, Minn., since March 2012.

The Guard said Rogers was attending training in Virginia when the sexual assault occurred.


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