TORONTO -- A leering Canadian Forces sergeant with a penchant for ogling the breasts of female recruits he was examining has been demoted to corporal and faces dismissal from the military.
Christian Boudreau urged five young female recruits to strip down and expose their breasts as part of medical checks so he could leer at them, according to the recently released decision of his court martial hearing.
Boudreau, a military medical technician, was charged in January with five counts of breach of trust and five of behaving in a disgraceful manner regarding the topless examinations of female recruits at centres in Montreal and Rouyn-Noranda, Que., from 2003 to 2009.
Military Judge Lt.-Col. Jean-Guy Perron in his April ruling said one victim was only 17 years old.
The judge heard that the first victim was told by Boudreau that she had to remove her bra for a medical exam, a directive that is against military rules.
"Sgt. Boudreau raised her gown on four or five occasions and looked under her gown," Perron said. "He could see her breasts.
A second woman was told she had to remove her bra because she had undergone breast surgery.
"Sgt. Boudreau raised her gown and looked under it. He could see her breasts," Perron said. "While she was doing pushups, he was facing her and could see her breasts."
Court heard a third and fourth women were also told to remove their bras.
A fifth victim questioned Boudreau about getting topless, stating it was against military rules. He urged her to remove her bra so he could conduct examinations.
Boudreau admitted at his sentencing hearing that he told the women to remove their bras.
"An admission of guilt or co-operation with investigators is usually a sign of some remorse," Perron said.
The hearing was told by other medical technicians of the importance of a patient's privacy during a medical examination.
"You consciously decided to ignore your training and precise directives to satisfy your personal needs," Perron told Boudreau. "You did not behave like a senior non-commissioned officer or a competent, conscientious senior medical technician."
Court heard that Boudreau has apologized to his victims through his lawyer.
The hearing was told that recruits are entitled to dress and undress privately, either behind a curtain or in the absence of the examiner. They are also reminded that they can request the presence of a chaperone and can remain in their undergarments at all times.