Canadian cadet charged with sex assault in encounter last year with other cadets

A Royal Canadian Air Cadet member has been charged with sexual assault in an incident dating back to March. The incident is being investigated as one of two reported cases last year at the same location.

According to the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Commission, there are an estimated 96,000 members across the country who work alongside members of the Canadian Forces, including police, firefighters, paramedics and Navy sailors. Cadets are ages 15 to 18 and train to fulfill job-like responsibilities such as cooking, weapons handling and flag ceremonies, the commission said.

The cadet group issued a statement about the arrest.

“The Royal Canadian Air Cadets would like to reassure the public that cadets receive rigorous training and stringent legal and ethical standards,” the statement said. “Every year, cadets are inspected, investigated and suspended from their programs if a suspicion of wrongdoing is raised, and where a conviction is made, these are maintained under the supervision of the military. Cadets receive ongoing criminal and professional investigations and disciplinary hearings as well as in-depth ethical and moral training.”

The Canadian Forces learned of the investigation in the summer of 2018. Another cadet at the military school where the incidents occurred was investigated and cleared.

On the order of Cadet Commissioner Cindy Lowe, the RCMP and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will continue to actively investigate this matter, the statement said.

“The Royal Canadian Air Cadets recognizes the gravity of this matter and will do everything possible to support both the investigation of the matter and the right of the individual to a fair and informed judicial process,” the statement said.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the RCMP at 1-888-310-1122 or the RCMP’s national tip line at 1-800-222-8477. Information can also be made anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

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