Florida Keys

Coast Guard orders court martial in Key West sexual-assault case

A Key West-based Coast Guardsman has been charged with sexual assault and will face a court martial next year, the Coast Guard announced Wednesday.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Edwin Angulo, 26, “allegedly committed a sexual act … without consent” on a fellow, female Coast Guard member in Key West in November 2013. He was serving on the drug-hunter ship the Cutter Thetis at the time and has since been reassigned to shore duty in Key West, according to Lt. Scott McBride, a Coast Guard spokesman.

Vice Adm. William Lee, Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander, decided to order the trial March 2 in Key West after a show-cause hearing called an Article 32 found sufficient cause for a trial. It was held in Key West on Nov. 14, a year after the alleged crime.

Conviction at trial could be punished by a maximum 30 years in jail.

Angulo, who lists his hometown as Hillsborough, Florida, has been in the Coast Guard nearly four years. He previously served on the Coast Guard Cutter Tate.

Carol Rosenberg

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