Petty officer found guilty, sentenced for sexual assault, other criminal acts

U.S. Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program logo. U.S. Coast Guard illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

A Coast Guard petty officer was convicted and sentenced Saturday during a general court-martial at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Omar Gomez, 35, was sentenced to confinement of eight years, reduction to pay grade E-1, and a dishonorable discharge.

Gomez was convicted of all charges including seven specifications of Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for engaging in a broad spectrum of sexual misconduct ranging from the rape of one civilian woman to other unlawful acts involving six Coast Guard women.

Gomez was also convicted of:

Article 92 – Failure to obey a lawful order and regulation
Article 93 – Cruelty and Maltreatment
Article 107 – False official statement
Article 134 – General Articles (offenses not specifically covered in any other article of the UCMJ)

The crimes occurred between August 2011 and September 2012 while Gomez was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin. Locations of the crimes include aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin, in Honduras, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Charleston.

Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker, commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area, was the court-martial convening authority.

Gomez was administratively assigned to another unit in South Carolina while awaiting court-martial.

The Coast Guard Atlantic Area public affairs staff contributed to this blog post.

If you have been, or think you may have been, sexually assaulted, contact your sexual assault response coordinator, or call the Safe Helpline at 1-877-995-5247. Information about reporting options and resources for survivors of sexual assault can be found on the U.S. Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program website.

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