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Coast Guard lieutenant to face court-martial

The Associated Press

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A 44-year-old lieutenant in the Coast Guard is facing military charges for assault, maltreatment and drunk and disorderly conduct while in port in Panama.

The Coast Guard says Lt. Wayne Barfield will face a special court-martial Wednesday in Norfolk, Va.

Barfield was the chief engineer aboard the Charleston, S.C.-based Cutter Gallatin. Charge sheets say the ship was in Bocas Del Toro, Panama in the spring of 2013 when the misconduct occurred.

The documents say Barfield made repeated offensive comments to someone subject to his orders, danced inappropriately in a public place and was drunk and disorderly.

They also say he fraternized with enlisted Coast Guardsmen and inappropriately touched someone by pulling her bikini top.

The Coast Guard says he has been administratively reassigned to a unit in Elizabeth City, N.C.

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