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Sitka Coast Guardsman to face court-martial in Juneau Saturday

Petty Officer James M. Grover is charged with making false statements, possessing child pornography

Posted: July 3, 2013 - 5:03pm  |  Updated: July 4, 2013 - 12:14am

A court-martial will be held in Juneau on Saturday for a U.S. Coast Guardsman accused of making false official statements and for crimes related to child pornography.

Petty Officer 2nd Class James M. Grover, stationed at Air Station Sitka, is charged with nine counts of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice, said Coast Guard District 17 spokesman Kip Wadlow.

Three of those counts are for allegedly violating UCMJ Article 107, which relates to making false official statements, and six of those counts are for allegedly violating UCMJ Article 134, which involves child pornography, negligent endangerment of a child, conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline and service discrediting conduct, Wadlow said.

The maximum punishment Grover could be facing for the false statement violations is dishonorable discharge with five years confinement and total forfeiture of pay and allowances, Wadlow said.

The maximum possible punishment varies for the six other counts, but Wadlow said one of the most severe is dishonorable discharge with 15 years confinement and total forfeiture of pay and allowances.

An investigation into the allegations took place in Sitka in February, and that hearing (known within the Coast Guard as an Article 32 hearing) determined there was enough evidence to proceed with a general court-martial, Wadlow said.

The military court will convene at 9 a.m. in the Juneau Federal Building.

Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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