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Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 12:04 pm | Updated: 10:37 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

JUNEAU, Alaska - A court-martial is under way for a member of the Coast Guard accused of sexually assaulting another Coast Guard member during a belated New Year's celebration.

The woman testified Tuesday that the night of Jan. 3, 2011, began as a celebration for herself and a female co-worker since they worked on the actual holiday, the Juneau Empire reported ( ). The woman said that she had consumed alcohol during the evening and remembered little of the incident.

However, prosecutors say the woman was sexually attacked on the bathroom floor of a bar, groped during the one-mile walk home in Valdez, and then attacked again at her apartment.

Roque E. Trevino's lawyers say the sexual encounters were consensual, and that the woman is lying to avoid damaging her reputation and career.

The court-martial in the federal building in Juneau includes five officers and three enlisted Coast Guard members.

The woman, a petty officer who worked in food services, testified that she knew Trevino from Coast Guard Survival School, and that she met him briefly once at a bar before the night of the alleged attack. She reported the incident a few days later to a superior officer, who questioned why she wanted the phone number for a counseling service provided by the Coast Guard.

Trevino, 23, was a fire man stationed on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Long Island and now works in the engineering department for Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. He is charged with aggravated sexual assault and abusive sexual contact.

During opening arguments Tuesday, the prosecutor, Lt. Cmdr. Tamara Wallen, said Trevino watched the woman drunkenly fall off her bar stool and helped her to the bathroom, where she was attacked. Prosecutors say he later walked home with her and the two others, and attacked her again while the others were outside.

The woman's co-workers testified they rushed inside her apartment when they heard a commotion.

Trevino's lawyer contends that what actually happened was that the co-workers walked in on the woman having consensual sex with Trevino.

Gregory Scott Moore, a special agent for the Coast Guard, interviewed Trevino for about an hour and a half in Bellingham in February 2011. He testified Tuesday that Trevino confirmed there was sexual intercourse and agreed the woman was too intoxicated to have sex and ignored her initial pleas to stop.

The court-martial is expected to last until the end of the week.

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