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Coast Guard Petty Officer convicted, sentenced in sexual misconduct case

March 5, 2015

NEW ORLEANS – A Coast Guardsman was convicted and sentenced during a General Court-Martial in New Orleans, Thursday.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Leonel Hinojosa, 32, was sentenced to reduction to E-1, confinement for two years, and a Dishonorable Discharge from the United States Coast Guard. While he is in confinement he forfeits the right to his pay and allowances.

Hinojosa was convicted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice of two specifications of Article 92 (dereliction of duty), one specification of Article 107 (false official statement), three specifications of Article 120 (abusive sexual contact) and one specification of Article 128 (assault consummated by battery).

Hinojosa exploited his position as a health care provider to perform fraudulent medical examinations on subordinate female Coast Guardsmen.

Hinojosa was a health services technician assigned to Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi. Hinojosa was administratively assigned to BASE New Orleans for the duration of the investigation and proceedings.

The Coast Guard is not releasing the names of the victims to protect their privacy. 

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