A former Canadian normal who reportedly went to Ukraine to battle Russian invaders has been charged back again property in Canada with sexual assault, right after a months-extended investigation.
Retired Lt Gen Trevor Cadieu faces two counts of sexual assault that relate to alleged incidents at Canada’s Royal Military Higher education in Kingston, Ontario in 1994 when he was a cadet, the workplace of the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal explained in a statement.
The case will now be handed about to civilian prosecutors, in accordance with latest suggestions to enable clear up a harmful tradition within just the Canadian military services.
Cadieu experienced been named to guide the Canadian army final September, but the appointment was derailed by the sexual assault investigation.
According to Canadian media, he is accused of possessing raped a feminine pupil at the school. He has beforehand denied any wrongdoing.
He retired in April.
The Ottawa Citizen stated Cadieu indicated in an electronic mail from Ukraine that he’d been knowledgeable of the costs and was “making preparations to return to Canada from Ukraine”.
Louise Arbour, a previous prosecutor of the International Legal Tribunal and retired supreme court docket justice, lambasted the military’s handling of sexual misconduct situations in a report very last month.
Her evaluate arrived right after another taskforce in 2015 identified the armed service had “an surroundings that is hostile to girls … and is conducive to much more major incidents of sexual harassment and assault”.
In April 2021, the armed forces reported to the Residence of Commons 581 sexual assaults and 221 incidents of sexual harassment experienced taken place due to the fact 2015.