Coast Guard officer stationed in Charleston charged with sexual assault

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Coast Guard officials say a Coast Guard officer will face a court-martial in Charleston after being charged with sexual assault and maltreatment Friday.

According to a press release, Vice Admiral Robert Parker made the decision to bring about a court-martial based on an investigation, which brought charges of maltreatment and sexual assault against Lieutenant Wayne Barfield.

Barfield is also being charged with conduct unbecoming an officer or gentleman, fraternization and drunk and disorderly conduct under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice violations.

Officials say no date has been determined for Barfield's court-martial, but it is scheduled to take place in Charleston.

Barfield was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin that was stationed in Charleston. Officials say was reassigned while awaiting trial.

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