On November 15, 2016, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged a Regular Force student at the Royal Military College of Canada with two counts under the National Defence Act.
The charges relate to a reported sexual assault at the Cold Lake Cadet Training Centre at Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake in July 2016. The adult victim was working as a member of the Cadet Instructors Cadre at the training centre. The incident did not involve cadets.
Officer Cadet Oscar Morgado 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 Drunkeness, punishable under section 97 of the National Defence Act.
“The Canadian Armed Forces takes all reports 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. These charges reflect ongoing efforts to help ensure a respectful, healthy professional environment for all members.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Bolduc, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service
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 matter is now proceeding in the military justice system for possible court martial. The date for possible court martial is still to be determined.