HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Coast Guard Academy cadet was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for sexually assaulting two other cadets in crimes that took place on campus nearly two years apart, officials said.
Anthony Livingstone, of Plainfield, New Jersey, also was convicted of threatening the two women to prevent them from cooperating with law enforcement.
Livingstone, 22, was found guilty Thursday at a court-martial in Norfolk, Virginia, on charges of sexual assault, extortion, and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. He was dismissed from the service and has the right to appeal his conviction and sentence.
Livingstone’s attorney, Keith Anthony, did not immediately respond Friday to a message seeking comment. His office said he possibly was traveling back to Connecticut from Virginia.
Investigators were looking into an assault on one cadet from September 2015 when they learned of an allegation that Livingstone had assaulted another cadet in December 2013, said David Santos, a spokesman for the academy in New London, Connecticut.
The two women testified against Livingstone during the court-martial.
“By fully investigating reports, we move closer to creating a culture that is completely intolerant of sexual assault,” Santos said.
Livingstone, a member of the class of 2016, was suspended from the academy in December 2015 and reassigned to a Coast Guard base in Massachusetts after he was charged.
In September, another Coast Guard Academy cadet, Michael Shermot of Shillington, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by a military judge in Virginia to a year in prison for sexual assault. He was charged with sexual assault by impairment, meaning the victim was not able to consent.
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