UPDATE 3/17: Chief Petty Officer Joe H. Carter, 39, was sentenced to one month confinement, reduction to E-4 and a letter of reprimand. Based on the conviction and sentencing, the Coast Guard will pursue an administrative discharge of Carter.

PORTSMOUTH -- The court martial began Tuesday for a Coast Guardsman charged with sexual misconduct while stationed in Seattle.

39-year-old Chief Petty Officer Joe H. Carter allegedly touched the buttocks of one female Coast Guard member without her consent and engaged in adultery with two other consenting female Coast Guard members.

The investigation began in December 2011 after a crewmember on the Cutter Mellon, homeported in Seattle, reported Carter was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a female junior officer.

The investigation ended in June 2013 and charges were preferred in August 2013, according to a news release.

Vice Adm. Robert Parker, Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander, decided to convene a special court-martial based on the recommendation of an Article 32 Investigation.

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