HONOLULU — A Coast Guard officer was convicted during a general court-martial for multiple violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice at the Coast Guard Courtroom in the Prince Kuhio Federal Building, Tuesday. Sadly, despite the incredibly heroic and selfless activities of the overwhelmingly vast majority of Guard members, the incident proves questionable behavior is possible in so many walks of life.
Ens. Johnson C. Knox was found guilty of the following charges:
- Article 112a – Wrongful use, possession and distribution of multiple controlled substances.
- Article 80 – Attempting to manufacture MDMA (Ecstasy) and attempt to engage in a prohibited relationship.
- Article 93 – Cruelty and maltreatment toward a subordinate.
- Article 128 – Assault consummated by battery.
- Article 134 – Communicating indecent language to a subordinate.
- Article 86 – Absence without leave
- Article 92 – Failure to obey an order or regulation and dereliction of duty.
Knox was sentenced to three years confinement in a military brig and received a dismissal from the Coast Guard.
While awaiting court-martial, Knox served at Coast Guard Base Honolulu. He was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Kukui at the time of most of the offenses.