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Coast Guardsman found guilty of sexually assaulting woman at Portsmouth hotel

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Posted at 10:54 PM, Sep 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-24 15:48:26-04

Norfolk, Va. – Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew A. Rogers, a Coast Guardsman, was found guilty of sexual assault and other charges on Monday during a general court-martial in Norfolk.

Officials say the assault happened to a woman at a hotel in Portsmouth back in August of 2012. Rogers is assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Alder which is homeported in Duluth, Minn. Officials say he was attending training in Portsmouth at the time of the crime.

Rogers was also convicted of conspiracy for tampering with a command-directed urinalysis, lying to local law enforcement, lying to federal investigators, and illegal use of military ID card.

He has been sentenced to 10 years confinement in a military brig, a bad conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and a reduction to paygrade E-1 which is the military’s lowest enlisted grade.