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News Release / September 9, 2010 / Project number: CFNIS NR – 2010-12

LONDON, Ont. – The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS), the investigative arm of the Canadian Forces Military Police, charged a member of the Canadian Forces (CF) for sexual assault and other charges today in relation to incidents alleged to have happened while he was performing recruit medical examinations in southwestern Ontario on behalf of the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre (CFRC) Detachment London.

Petty Officer Second Class James Wilks was charged with two counts of Sexual Assault contrary to section 130 of the National Defence Act (NDA) and pursuant to section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC), three counts of Behaving in a Disgraceful Manner contrary to section 93 of the NDA, and four counts of Negligent Performance of Duty contrary to section 124 of the NDA.

“The Military Police consider sexual assault to be a serious matter and will thoroughly investigate any such allegations related to Canadian Forces personnel, civilian DND employees, or any other person on DND property,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Gilles Sansterre, Commanding Officer of the CFNIS.

The accused is performing administrative duties pending the outcome of the judicial process.

If anyone has any information pertinent to this investigation, they are requested to contact the CFNIS at 1-866-698-1119.

The CFNIS is an independent Military Police unit with a mandate to investigate serious and sensitive matters in relation to National Defence property, DND employees and CF personnel serving in Canada and abroad.

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For more information about the CFNIS, please go to http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/view-news-afficher-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=2824

For more information about the CFNIS Investigation Process, please go to http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/view-news-afficher-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=2960

Media contact:
Major Paule Poulin
CFPM Public Affairs Officer
Tel: 613-949-1022

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