Charleston based Coast Guard Petty Officer faces rape charge - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

Charleston based Coast Guard Petty Officer faces rape charge

Posted: Updated:
Petty Officer 2nd Class Omar Gomez, 35, has been in court for the past three days before a military judge. Petty Officer 2nd Class Omar Gomez, 35, has been in court for the past three days before a military judge.
CHARLESTON, SC -

A Charleston-based coast guardsman charged with sexual assault and rape could face more than 20 years of jail time if found guilty.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Omar Gomez, 35, has been in court for the past three days before a military judge. Testimony has been presented by Ltr. Commander Citron and Lt. Tiley from eight alleged victims.

Related Stories: Charleston-based coast guardsman faces rape charge

One by one, the women described how Gomez was responsible for a broad spectrum of sexually related misconduct; ranging from rape to inappropriate comments. Of the eight accusers, six are in the Coast Guard and two are civilians.

The investigation began immediately after a sexual assault aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin was reported September 16, 2012. The crimes stem back to 2006 aboard the Coast Guard Polar Bear Star based in Seattle. The alleged acts occurred on in several ports including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Roatan Honduras.

There are five charges against Gomez.

Most of the women claim the events went unreported because they did not know who to approach and because "it was already hard enough being on the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin."

Throughout the fourth day of trial, the defense aimed at trying to show to the jury that a large percentage of the enlisted crew participated in the "culture" of the ship. A culture they say consisted of banter, slapping each other's buttocks, and using profanity. They tried to show the women consented and actively participated in the behavior.

One woman who took the stand on Thursday accuses Gomez of trying to touch her genitals while on active duty while the cutter was stationed in Guantanamo Bay. Gomez was her superior at the time. According to the victim, Gomez also maltreated her by reportedly stating to her, "You have to let me (expletive) you before you go to "A" school," or words to that affect.

The defense questioned her motives because she reportedly performed "below average" while aboard the Gallatin, and Gomez was responsible for her marks.

Another woman said that in February of 2012, Gomez sexually assaulted her at her apartment while she showed him a new tattoo. Gomez allegedly straddled her on the sofa and pulled her jeans off but then he backed away when she threatened to report the incident.

During the trial, the defense was quick to pull out transcripts of text messages between that particular accuser and Gomez. Some of text messages, argued the defense, alluded to a romantic relationship with Gomez.  

The trial ended Thursday with the defense making their case and calling their witnesses. The trial continues on Friday.

Gomez is married, though it appears he is separated from his wife, and has two small children.

 

 

  • Chrysler recalling more than 700,000 Jeeps due to ignition switch problem

    Chrysler recalling more than 700,000 Jeeps due to ignition switch problem

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:13 AM EDT2014-07-23 07:13:50 GMT
    Chrysler is recalling more than 700,00 Jeeps for an ignition switch problem.The automaker says the ignition key can be moved out of the on position, by the driver's knee while the car is being driven. This could cause the engine to stall and the airbags to stop working.It affects Jeep Commanders with model years 2006 to 2007 and Jeep Grand Cherokees with model years 2005 to 2007.Chrysler says it will contact affect customers by mid-September.
    Chrysler is recalling more than 700,00 Jeeps for an ignition switch problem.The automaker says the ignition key can be moved out of the on position, by the driver's knee while the car is being driven. This could cause the engine to stall and the airbags to stop working.It affects Jeep Commanders with model years 2006 to 2007 and Jeep Grand Cherokees with model years 2005 to 2007.Chrysler says it will contact affect customers by mid-September.
  • Call from concerned citizen leads to four arrests

    Call from concerned citizen leads to four arrests

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:22:59 GMT
    A call from a concerned citizen about 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 about several men walking on Norman Street with handguns lead to the arrest of four men on weapon charges. Lamar Scott Brisbane, 20, of Terry Drive, North Charleston; Dontez Alonzo Wright, 25, of Linda Street, North Charleston; Aldean Cordrell Alonza Wright, 23, of April Circle, North Charleston and De’von Jenkins, 20, of King Street, are all charged with two counts of unlawful carrying of a handgun and possession of a fir...
    A call from a concerned citizen about 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 about several men walking on Norman Street with handguns lead to the arrest of four men on weapon charges. Lamar Scott Brisbane, 20, of Terry Drive, North Charleston; Dontez Alonzo Wright, 25, of Linda Street, North Charleston; Aldean Cordrell Alonza Wright, 23, of April Circle, North Charleston and De’von Jenkins, 20, of King Street, are all charged with two counts of unlawful carrying of a handgun and possession of a fir...
  • Murder suspect from Connecticut fatally shot in St. George by law enforcement after confrontation

    Murder suspect from Connecticut fatally shot in St. George by law enforcement after confrontation

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:13 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:13:42 GMT
    Major Eric Watson with the Charleston County sheriffs office tells News 2 they’ve been called in by SLED to investigate an officer involved shooting in St. George.We're told SLED and the US Marshall's task force was there to serve a warrant just before 11 Tuesday morning at 114 Winningham Road at the Southern Inn. We're told the suspect from Connecticut is wanted for murder and probation violation. There was a short pursuit in the parking lot before the suspect drew a weapon and 2 SLED agents...
    Major Eric Watson with the Charleston County sheriffs office tells News 2 they’ve been called in by SLED to investigate an officer involved shooting in St. George.We're told SLED and the US Marshall's task force was there to serve a warrant just before 11 Tuesday morning at 114 Winningham Road at the Southern Inn. We're told the suspect from Connecticut is wanted for murder and probation violation. There was a short pursuit in the parking lot before the suspect drew a weapon and 2 SLED agents...
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.