SC Coast Guardsman gets 8-year sentence

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A Coast Guardsman based in Charleston will spend eight years behind bars after being found guilty of several charges, including rape of a civilian woman and other unlawful acts involving six female members of the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that 35-year-old Petty Officer 2nd Class Omar Gomez was sentenced Saturday. He also received a reduction in pay to the lowest enlisted rank and a dishonorable discharge.

The Coast Guard said 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 Gallatin and four other ships.

The trial was held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in North Charleston.

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