A member of the Canadian Armed Forces in Petawawa is facing sexual assault-related offences, among other charges, after an investigation into an incident which happened on Halloween night.
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) started investigating the case on November 1, following a complaint by a civilian victim about an incident which allegedly happened after midnight on October 31, in Petawawa.
A search warrant was conducted at the home of the suspect and investigators uncovered unauthorized ammunition. They also spotted weaponry which was not stored properly.
Corporal Kyle Smith, a Regular Force member with the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) currently based in Petawawa, faces the following charges:
- Sexual Assault contrary to section 271 of the CCC
- Assault contrary to section 266 of the CCC
- Contravention of storage regulations contrary to section 86(2) of the CCC
- Possession of ammunition knowing its possession is unauthorized contrary to section 92(2) of the CCC
The matter is now proceeding in the civilian justice system. The accused is expected at the Pembroke County Court House on December 10.
"All members of the Canadian Armed Forces whether they are part of the Reserve Force or Regular Force are expected to serve/ behave in a respectful and professional manner at all times," said Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Cadman, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service.
In all cases, the subject of charges is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The matter is now proceeding through civilian justice system.