ALAMEDA -- A member of the U.S. Coast Guard was sentenced to one year imprisonment and must register as a sex offender after a military jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting two female Coast Guard members.
Third Class Electrician's Mate Osvaldo Ortega, 30, was also reduced to the lowest enlisted pay grade and will receive a bad conduct discharge under the sentence handed down during his general court martial, which began Nov. 18 and ended Sunday.
Ortega committed the offenses against the women in 2008 and last year while he was stationed at the Los Angeles-Long Beach base in San Pedro, according to the Coast Guard.
Allegations against Ortega initially surfaced in October 2012, when one of the women reported that he had sexually assaulted her in August as she slept off-base at another Coast Guard member's apartment. She decided to contact authorities after attending a sexual assault prevention workshop at the base.
The Coast Guard Investigative Service then learned Ortega also allegedly assaulted another woman, now stationed on the East Coast, in 2008 and in 2009.
While the jury in Alameda found Ortega not guilty of the 2009 incident, it convicted him of abusive sexual contact, aggravated sexual assault, assault consummated by battery, housebreaking, making a false official statement and unlawful entry under the Uniform Code of Military Justice in connection with the other incidents.
Ortega must register as a sex offender under state law as a result of his conviction.
Ortega was off duty when the offenses occurred and was away from the Los Angeles-Long Beach base, where he worked as a member of the engineering department, according to the Coast Guard. His hometown was not immediately available.
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