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Court martial Saturday for Sitka Coast Guardsman

The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to hold a court martial Saturday morning in Juneau for Petty Officer 2nd Class James Grover.

Grover, who is stationed at Air Station Sitka, is charged with nine violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Coast Guard spokesman Kip Wadlow says three of the charges are for making false official statements. The other six are related to child pornography, negligent endangerment of a child, conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline, and service discrediting conduct.

Grover could face dishonorable discharge plus confinement in a military brig of up to 15 years for the most severe charge.

The court martial comes after a February hearing in Sitka. Witnesses then included the Coast Guard special agent who investigated the case, a computer forensics expert who examined Grover’s laptop computer, a doctor who determined whether the images were of underage girls, and Grover’s estranged wife.

The government says it found about 90 images or videos on Grover’s computer that raised questions. Grover was represented by both a military attorney and private civilian counsel.

Wadlow says Grover’s court martial is set for 9 a.m. Saturday before Capt. Christine Cutter at the federal building in Juneau.

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