On October 30, 2017, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces with sexual assault and related offences under the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act.
The charges relate to offences involving five members of the Canadian Armed Forces at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier and 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown between January 2005 and December 2014.
Colonel Jean-François Duval, a member of Canadian Defence Academy in Kingston, faces the following charges:
Two counts of Sexual assault under section 271 of the Criminal Code, punishable under section 130 of the National Defence Act;
One count of Indecent acts under section 173 of the Criminal Code, punishable under section 130 of the National Defence Act;
Two counts of Scandalous conduct under section 92 of the National Defence Act;
Two counts of Disgraceful conduct under section 93 of the National Defence Act; and
Three counts of Prejudicing good order and discipline under section 129 of the National Defence Act.
“Independent of the chain of command in policing matters, the Military Police plays a central role in responding to allegations of criminal, harmful and inappropriate sexual conduct in the Canadian Armed Forces. The rank of the accused plays no factor in investigating the facts of the matter. We respect the judicial process and thoroughly investigate all reported sexual assaults through gathering the facts, analyzing the evidence, and when appropriate, laying applicable charges.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Cadman, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service
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.