Portsmouth, Va. – A Portsmouth-based Coast Guard member accused of trying to film women aboard the cutter Northland pleaded guilty to a plea deal on Friday and was sentenced to six months in the Naval Consolidated Brig in Chesapeake.
32-year-old Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Cote pleaded guilty to two charges of Attempted Indecent Visual Recording. As part of the deal he pleaded not guilty to two charges of Indecent Visual Recording. Six months of a 12-month sentence were also suspended as part of the deal.
Cote was also reduced in rank to E-1 and given a bad conduct discharge.
Cote was assigned to the Northland, which was homeported in Portsmouth, when the incidents occurred.