Ottawa, Ontario – On November 9, 2016, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged an officer of the 4th Artillery Regiment (General Support), RCA, based at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown with one count of sexual assault under the Criminal Code of Canada.
The charge relates to a reported sexual assault at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown near Oromocto, New Brunswick, in December 2010 or January 2011. The victim is also a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Captain Simon Duvall faces one count of sexual assault under section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada, punishable under section 130 of the National Defence Act.
“This charge reflects our ongoing commitment to support victims and defend against harmful and inappropriate sexual behaviour in the Canadian Armed Forces. The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service investigates all sexual assaults in a thorough and impartial manner to identify and bring to prosecution those persons responsible for criminal sexual offences.” – Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Bolduc, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service
- The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service is a unit within the independent Canadian Forces Military Police Group whose mandate is to investigate serious and sensitive matters in relation to Department of National Defence property, Department of National Defence employees and Canadian Armed Forces personnel serving in Canada and around the world.
- The Canadian Armed Forces takes all reports of sexual misconduct by its members very seriously and, in all cases, action is taken to determine facts, conduct applicable investigations, analyse available evidence and, if warranted, lay the appropriate charges.
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