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Sexual assault charges laid against military member in Halifax

September 13, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces

On September 13, 2016, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service laid two charges under the National Defence Act against Master Seaman Daniel Cooper of Naval Fleet School (Atlantic) at Canadian Forces Base Halifax.

The charges relate to an alleged sexual assault that took place while the accused was deployed as a member of HMCS ATHABASKAN in November 2015. The alleged victim is also a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Master Seaman Cooper faces the following charges:

  • one count of Sexual Assault, under section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada, punishable under section 130 of the National Defence Act; and
  • one count of Abuse of Subordinates, punishable under section 95 of the National Defence Act.

Quotes

“The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service investigates all allegations of sexual assault in a thorough and impartial manner to help ensure a respectful, healthy professional environment for all members. These charges reflect our ongoing commitment to support victims and defend against sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Bolduc, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service

Quick Facts

  • 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 Armed Forces takes all allegations of sexual misconduct by its members very seriously and, in all cases, action is taken to determine facts, conduct applicable investigations, analyse available evidence and, if warranted, lay the appropriate charges.

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Contacts 

Lieutenant (Navy) Blake Patterson
Public Affairs Officer
Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and Canadian Forces Military Police Group
(613) 949-1022
Blake.Patterson@forces.gc.ca 

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353
Toll-Free: 1-866-377-0811
Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca


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