A Coast Guardsman stationed in Baltimore will face a general court-martial in January on charges of sexual assault and abusive sexual contact, the Coast Guard said Friday.
Witnesses told investigators Seaman Luis Escobosa committed a nonconsensual sexual act while assigned to the Cutter Eagle, a 78-year-old sailing ship the Coast Guard uses to train cadets and officer cadets, in Baltimore around October of last year.
The Coast Guard said Escobosa was transferred to the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, and a four-month investigation ended with an Article 32 hearing, the military's version of a civilian grand jury hearing, last month.
Escobosa's general court-martial, the military's equivalent of a felony court trial, is expected to begin on Jan. 20, the Coast Guard said.
An attorney representing him could not immediately be reached late Friday evening.