No court martial for Coast Guard cadet

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadet accused of entering the room of a classmate and touching her leg will not face a court martial.

The academy said Thursday its superintendent agreed with the recommendations of an investigating officer that reasonable grounds did not exist to support the charge of abusive sexual contact against cadet Alexander Stevens. The superintendent agreed with a recommendation to impose nonjudicial punishment on the cadet.

The academy did not disclose details of the punishment, citing the cadet’s privacy rights.

Non-judicial punishment may include a reprimand, arrest in quarters for up to 30 days, pay forfeiture or expulsion from the academy.

An investigator testified Stevens said he went into the fellow cadet’s room by mistake, believing it was his girlfriend’s room. A government attorney rejected that claim.

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