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A retired Canadian lieutenant has been charged with two counts of sexual assault. Retired Lieutenant General Trevor Cadieu has been charged with two counts of sexual assault by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service. These charges are related to incidents that allegedly occurred at the Royal Military College Kingston in 1994.
Lt. Gen. Trevor Cadieu was appointed to lead the Canadian army last year, but the ordination ceremony was postponed because of the investigation that was opened in October 2021. The current charges come from a period when the retired lieutenant was a senior cadet. In one of the accusations, the victim was then an 18-year-old girl who had just started her education at the Royal Military College. Cadieu retired from the Canadian Forces in April 2022 and is currently serving in Ukraine as a senior advisor to the military.
The charges were announced by Canada’s military police chief, Provost Marshal Brig. Gen. Simon Trudeau on Wednesday, June 16. In a statement which he released, he said that he would be returning to Canada and is very willing to cooperate with the judicial process. Previously he had claimed that the allegations against him were false. Military officials are handling this case regarding Arbour’s recommendations on how to improve the culture in the military department and how they handle cases of sexual misconduct and abuse of power. As Cadieu was a popular and well-liked official, he has received several social media posts of support from staff members of the Canadian Armed Forces and other military personnel that have retired.
In her report, Arbour stated that current cases of sexual misconduct that are under investigation and near completion by the military police. As this investigation was near completion, civilian police offices refused to interfere or accept the case. Despite this, the investigation for this case was carried out by the Military Police, Cadieu to be presented before a civilian court system.
This is not the first case of sexual misconduct and abuse of power from the Canadian Forces. Three other officials were found guilty: one of them was given a conditional discharge, another was not charged because the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal stated there was not enough evidence to charge him, and the last one is scheduled to face trial in September 2022 and denies the allegation against him.
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