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Coast Guard petty officer accused of sexual assaults in NW Indiana

(MICHIGAN CITY, Ind.) A U.S. Coast Guard petty officer is facing a court martial for allegedly sexually assaulting two fellow service members while she was stationed in northwest Indiana.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Alyssa Schiele, 26, is charged with “multiple violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which include sexual assault, providing false official statements, obstruction of justice, and the use of indecent language,” a statement from the Coast Guard said.

On Wednesday, Rear Adm. Fred Midgette, commander of the Coast Guard 9th District in Cleveland, referred the case for general court martial, the statement said.

It followed an investigation into charges that Schiele sexually assaulted two co-workers while serving at Coast Guard Station Michigan City, the statement said.

On March 10, one of the victims reported that Schiele had sexually assaulted her, the statement said. Coast Guard Investigative Services then began investigating the case.

The alleged sexual assaults happened at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City in December 2012, and at another Coast Guard member’s home in Michigan City in August 2013, according to the Coast Guard.

Schiele has since been reassigned to Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wis., the statement said.

The court martial will be held at a later date in Cleveland. If found guilty, Schiele faces up to 70 years in prison, dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of all military pay and allowances, the statement said.