Ottawa – National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces
On November 15, 2016, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged a Reserve Force member from a naval reserve division in Windsor, Ontario, with one count of sexual assault under the Criminal Code of Canada.
The charge relates to a sexual assault reported to have taken place while the accused was attending a course at Naval Fleet School Atlantic at Canadian Forces Base Halifax in April 2016. The accused and victim were both candidates on the course at the time of the reported assault.
Ordinary Seaman Andres Florian-Rodriguez faces one count of Sexual Assault under section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada, punishable under section 130 of the National Defence Act.
“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. This charge reflects 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
Members of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service’s Sexual Offence Response Team have the investigative lead on this case. The Sexual Offence Response Team is a specially trained investigative team within the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service focused on the investigation of criminal sexual offences. As a nucleus of expertise, the team increases the ability of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service to protect and support victims of sexual assault.
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 (DND) property, DND 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.