Sexual assault charge laid against military member of the Cape Breton Highlanders, NS.

News release

June 27, 2019 – Ottawa – National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces

On 25 June 2019, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with sexual assault under the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC) pursuant to the National Defence Act (NDA). The charge is in response to an incident which was reported to the Military Police Unit in Halifax, NS, and involves another military member.

Corporal Kendra L. Christmas, a Primary Reserve Force member with the Cape Breton Highlanders faces the following charges.

  • One (1) count of Sexual Assault contrary to section 271(b) of the CCC pursuant to the NDA.
  • One (1) count of drunkenness punishable under Section 97 of the NDA.

The matter is now proceeding through military justice system for possible court martial at a date and location to be determined 

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Canadian Forces Military Police stock photo Photo: Avr Rachael Allen © 2017 DND-MDN Canada

Quotes

“This investigation resulting in charges demonstrates our commitment to ensure all individuals involved in such criminal activity are brought to justice.”  

Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Cadman, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service

Quick facts

  • In all cases, the subject of charges is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The matter is now proceeding through military justice system for possible court martial at a date and location to be determined. 

  • The CFNIS is a specialized unit established within Canadian Forces Military Police Group (CFMP Gp). Its primary mandate is to investigate serious and sensitive matters in relation to Department of National Defence (DND) property, DND employees and CAF personnel serving in Canada and around the world. The CFMP Gp and the CFNIS conduct police investigations independently, without interference and in accordance with the highest professional standards.

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Contacts

Maj Jean-Marc Mercier
Public Affairs Officer
Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and Canadian Forces Military Police Group
Phone: 613-949-1098
Email: jean-marc.mercier@forces.gc.ca

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353
Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca


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