Sexual assault charge laid against military member in Ottawa
August 8, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces
On August 8, 2017, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces with one count of sexual assault under the Criminal Code.
The charge relates to a reported sexual assault involving the accused and another member of the Cadet Instructors Cadre during a training course in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in 2001. The accused, currently a Regular Force member of the Canadian Armed Forces, was a member of the Cadet Instructors Cadre at the time of the reported assault.
Major Trent Krajaefski, a member of Canadian Joint Operations Command Headquarters in Ottawa, faces one count of sexual assault under section 271 of the Criminal Code, punishable under section 130 of the National Defence Act.
“The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service investigates all allegations of sexual assault in a thorough and impartial manner. This charge reflects our commitment to always take action to determine facts, conduct applicable investigations, analyse available evidence and, if warranted, lay the appropriate charges to support and protect victims and help prosecute persons responsible for sexual offences.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Bolduc, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service
The Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) is part of the Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service (COATS), a sub-component of the Reserve Force. The primary responsibility of CIC officers is the supervision, administration and training of cadets at any of the 1,100 cadet corps and squadrons or 22 Cadet Training Centres across Canada.
The matter is now proceeding in the military justice system for possible court martial at the 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.
Lieutenant (Navy) Blake Patterson
Public Affairs Officer
Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and Canadian Forces Military Police Group
Department of National Defence
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