Coast Guard Officer Faces Court-Martial


PORTSMOUTH, Va. –The commander of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, announced Friday a Coast Guard officer charged with sexual assault and maltreatment will face a court-martial.

Vice Adm. Robert Parker made  the decision to convene a court-martial based upon the recommendation from a September Article 32 investigation, which reviewed evidence related to charges of maltreatment and sexual assault made against Lt. Wayne Barfield.  The Article 32 investigation does not result in a verdict or a sentence; it only provides a recommendation on how to proceed with the charges.

Barfield is charged with the following Uniformed Code of Military Justice violations:

 •Article 93 – Cruelty and Maltreatment

 •Article 120 – Sexual Assault

 •Article 133 – Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and a Gentleman

 •Article 134 – Fraternization and Drunk and Disorderly conduct

Barfield’s court martial is tentatively scheduled to take place in Charleston, S.C., on a date yet to be determined.

At the time of the alleged events, Barfield was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Charleston, S.C.  Barfield has since been reassigned to while awaiting trial.  

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