Sexual assault charge laid against military officer in Borden, ON.
September 16, 2019 – Ottawa – National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces
On September 12, 2019, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with sexual assault pursuant to the Criminal Code and with related offences under the National Defence Act. The charges are in response to incidents which were reported to the CFNIS at CFB Borden, ON, in June 2019.
Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel Mainguy, a Reserve Force member with Canadian Force Recruiting Group and based in Borden, ON faces the following charges.
- One (1) count of Sexual Assault contrary to section 130 of the NDA pursuant to section 271 of the Criminal Code.
- One (1) count of Conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline contrary to Section 129 of the NDA.
On June 6, 2019, the CFNIS assumed investigative responsibility into allegations of sexual misconduct which through the course of the investigation revealed two separate and unrelated incidents involving LCol Mainguy.
The matter is now proceeding in accordance with the military justice system for possible court martial at a date and location to be determined.
“The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service seeks to investigate and where appropriate lay charges based on factual evidence regardless of rank or professional status of those involved. Much care is taken to investigate all matters of this nature, historical or otherwise, which is now before the courts.
All members of the Canadian Armed Forces whether they are part of Reserve Force or Regular Force are expected to serve/ behave in a respectful and professional manner at all times. The CAF has been mandated to make the workplace environment safe from harmful and inappropriate sexual behaviour."
Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Cadman, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service
In all cases, the subject of charges is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The matter is now proceeding through military justice system.
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.
Maj Jean-Marc Mercier
Public Affairs Officer
Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and Canadian Forces Military Police Group
Department of National Defence
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