The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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September 16, 2013

Coast Guard court-martial scheduled Monday in Va.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Coast Guardsman accused of sexual assault and other charges is scheduled to face a court-martial in Virginia.

The Coast Guard says the court-martial of Petty Officer 3rd Class Mathew Rogers is set for Monday in Norfolk. He is accused of sexually assaulting a civilian woman in a hotel in Portsmouth in August 2012. He also charged with making a false official statement and other counts.

Rogers could be sentenced up to 120 years in prison if found guilty on all counts.

Rogers is serving at Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, but he is assigned to the Cutter Alder, a 225-foot sea-going buoy tender homeported in Duluth, Minn.

He was assigned to cutter Alder and was attending training in Virginia at the time of the alleged sexual assault.

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