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Sexual assault charge laid against military member in St. Hubert

February 14, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces

On February 14, 2017, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force with one count of sexual assault under the Criminal Code of Canada.

The charge relates to a reported sexual assault against another member of the Canadian Armed Forces at Canadian Forces Station Alert in Nunavut, where the accused was deployed as part of a technical maintenance team in June 2016.

Corporal Frédéric Richer of 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron located at St. Hubert, Québec, faces one count of Sexual Assault under section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada, punishable under section 130 of the National Defence Act.

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“Wherever Canadian Armed Forces members serve in Canada or throughout the world, the Canadian Forces Military Police are committed to supporting and protecting victims of sexual assault. This charge reflects that commitment and is another example of the effectiveness of the Canadian Forces National Investigations Service to bring these matters to justice.”        

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

Quick Facts

  • The matter is now proceeding in accordance with the military justice system for possible court martial at a 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.

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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
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Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca


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