Sexual assault charge laid against participant on CAF morale tour
February 9, 2018 – Ottawa – National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces
On February 7, 2018, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged Dave Williams with sexual assault and assault under the Criminal Code.
The charges relate to reported incidents during a Canadian Armed Forces flight to Latvia in December 2017. The accused was a passenger on the flight as part of a sanctioned morale visit to deployed Canadian Armed Forces personnel.
Mr. Williams faces one count of sexual assault under section 271 of the Criminal Code, and one count of assault under section 266 of the Criminal Code.
In all cases, the subject of charges is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The matter is now proceeding in accordance with the civilian justice system and will be brought forward by the Crown Attorney in Ottawa at a date still to be determined.
“Every allegation of sexual assault is taken seriously by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service. In all cases, no matter who the accused is, we strive to restore the dignity of victims by fully investigating their complaints, gathering evidence, reconstructing events, and if warranted, laying appropriate charges.”
– Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Cadman, 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 Forces Military Police Group performs policing on all defence establishments, including all locations where the Canadian Armed Forces are deployed around the world. In many circumstances, this includes jurisdiction over civilians.
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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