Coast Guard convicts petty officer in assault

NEW ORLEANS (AP)— A jury of eight Coast Guard members, after a weeklong court-martial in federal court in New Orleans, has convicted one of their own in a sexual assault of a female Coast Guard member in late 2012.
The jury of five women and three men deliberated for more than 12 hours over two days before finding 22-year-old Petty Officer 3rd Class Joe D. Newmans guilty Friday on two counts of sexual assault and one count of assault “consummated by a battery” under military law.
The jury acquitted Newmans on one count of the latter charge in connection with the Nov. 29, 2012, incident.
Newmans was sentenced to 90 days confinement, reduction to E-1 — the lowest enlisted pay grade — and a bad conduct discharge.
Newmans was days away from leaving the military service when he crawled into bed with the woman at her apartment in New Orleans following a get-together with fellow personnel and forced himself on her, the prosecution said. The woman, a close colleague, reported the incident the following day.

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