Gregory Cooper, a petty officer in the Coast Guard, cleared by the 8th Coast Guard District Court of sexual assault today. Cooper was convicted of violating a lawful order. His attorney, John Wells, said Cooper was convicted for violating an anti-fraternization policy.
Cooper was charged as a result of consensual relationships he had during 2011 and 2012 while stationed in Seattle, Washington. Two women claimed he sexually assaulted them during that time. Wells states that the charges and resulting court-martial stem from a “witch-hunt atmosphere” within the military that pushes commanders into pursuing sexual assault accusations, no matter how questionable.
Wells, a retired Navy Commander, worked with Cooper’s appoint JAG, Navy Lieutenant Paul Hochmuth, and Ken Lord, a retired NCIS agent. Wells criticized the “wanton political correctness in the military” and that Cooper’s two accusers would face no action for their false accusations.