Sergeant Sentenced for Mistreating Va. Marines

August 25, 2010

A Marine staff sergeant is spending one year in confinement after pleading guilty to mistreating 17 male subordinates at a Chesapeake training facility.

Staff Sgt. James McCoy was the noncommissioned officer in charge of a training company at the Navy's Northwest Annex. He oversaw Marines waiting to begin a security training course at the base and injured Marines waiting to return to duty or be processed out of the service.

On Tuesday, McCoy admitted to touching the male subordinates in the groin, repeatedly making offensive sexual comments and gestures, and accusing them of being gay.

He could have faced 17 years in prison for the offenses, but a military judge at the Norfolk court-martial sentenced him to one year in confinement, reduction in rank and a bad conduct discharge.

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