Cadet accused of sex abuse faces hearing in Conn.

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is holding a hearing in the case of a cadet accused of sexually abusing a classmate in September.

The hearing scheduled for Wednesday at the academy in New London is a pretrial investigation similar to a civilian grand jury to determine how to dispose of the case. The investigating officer could recommend that the case be dismissed, dealt with administratively or referred for trial by court-martial.

No verdict or sentencing is handed down.

The charges involve allegations of abusive sexual contact, housebreaking and unlawful entry.

The cadet wasn't identified.

The only cadet ever court-martialed at the academy, Webster Smith, was tried in 2006 and convicted on extortion, sodomy and indecent assault charges.

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