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Former Duluth Coast Guard member found guilty of sex assault

A U.S. Coast Guard petty officer previously stationed aboard the Duluth-based cutter Alder was found guilty of sexual assault and other crimes Monday during a general court-martial in Norfolk, Va.

A U.S. Coast Guard petty officer previously stationed aboard the Duluth-based cutter Alder was found guilty of sexual assault and other crimes Monday during a general court-martial in Norfolk, Va.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew A. Rogers was convicted of committing a sexual assault against a civilian woman at a hotel in Portsmouth, Va., on Aug. 15, 2012.

Rogers was also convicted of conspiracy for tampering with a urinalysis test, making false official statements and on a general charge which applies to conduct that is to the prejudice of good order and discipline and is of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.

Rogers faces up to 120 years in prison. His sentence has not been announced.

Rogers, 24, is a native of Phoenix. He is officially assigned to the Coast Guard Station at Marblehead, Ohio, but was serving on Cutter Alder, a 225-foot buoy tender based in Duluth, when the incident occurred.

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