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Coast Guardsman faces court martial in Key West on sexual assault charge

A U.S. Coast Guardsman accused of sexual assault in Key West in November and December 2013 is scheduled for court martial — the military version of a civilian criminal trial — Tuesday morning in Key West.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Edwin R. Angulo, 26, is accused of two violations of Article 120 — "specifications of sexual assault" — of the Uniform Code of Military Justice at his Key West apartment.

On Nov. 14, Vice Adm. William Lee, commander of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, referred Angulo's case to court martial following a hearing completed on Oct. 16. That hearing is similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding. The charges followed a three-month investigation by the Coast Guard Investigative Service.

Angulo was assigned to the cutter Thetis when the alleged misconduct occurred. If convicted, he can be sentenced to 30 years in prison and face forfeiture of all military pay and dishonorable discharge.

The trial, open to the public, starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Coast Guard Sector Key West.

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