On August 15, 2016, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) laid charges under the National Defence Act against Corporal Simon Cadieux of the Joint Personnel Support Unit in Petawawa.
The charges relate to an alleged sexual assault that took place while the accused was deployed as a member of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) on exercise in Jamaica in November 2015. The alleged victim is also a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.
“The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service plays a vital role in defence against sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces. These charges reflect our ongoing commitment to support efforts throughout the organization to help ensure a respectful, healthy professional environment for all members, said Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Bolduc, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service in a press release.
Corporal Cadieux faces the following charges:
- One count of Sexual Assault, in accordance with section 130 of the National Defence Act, pursuant to section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada;
- One count of Behave in a Disgraceful Manner, in accordance with section 93 of the National Defence Act; and
- One count of Drunkenness, in accordance with section 97 of the National Defence Act.
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.