Soldier found dead was facing sex charges: Reports

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

The latest Canadian soldier to die in an apparent suicide was reportedly facing sex charges.

The defence department confirmed late Wednesday the death of Warrant Officer Martin Mercier, who was based at the 5 Canadian Division Support Base in Gagetown, N.B. Police found Mercier's body on Monday at his off-base home in Fredericton, N.B., but the defence department was unable to specify the date and time of his death. The RCMP is investigating.

Mercier, who joined the Canadian Forces in 1985 and served in Somalia, Rwanda and Afghanistan, was arrested on Feb. 1, according to local reports.

News 919 radio in New Brunswick reports charges of sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor were pending against him.

The department didn't explicitly state Mercier's death was suicide.

The Canadian military has been rocked by recent suicides. It's believed this latest death is the ninth suicide of a soldier since November.


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