Sexual assault charges laid against military member in Saint-Jean

Ottawa, Ontario – On August 16, 2017, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces with four counts of sexual assault and two counts of assault under the Criminal Code.

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The charges relate to reported incidents involving the accused and another member of the Canadian Armed Forces while the accused was undergoing basic training in September 2016 at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School located at the Saint-Jean Garrison in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

Aviator Barry Rutherford faces four counts of Sexual Assault under section 271 of the Criminal Code and two counts of Assault under section 266 of the Criminal Code, punishable under section 130 of the National Defence Act.

“Investigating all complaints of sexual assault and bringing those responsible to justice is central to the role of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service. These charges reflect the ongoing efforts of the Canadian Forces Military Police to help ensure a respectful, healthy professional environment for all members.” – Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Bolduc, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service

Quick Facts

  • The matter is now proceeding in accordance with the military justice system for possible court martial at a date and location still to be determined.
  • 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.

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