Canadian Forces captain jailed for sexual assault of teenage cadets

Members of Air Cadets Squadron #186 stand at attention during an annual ceremonial review on June...

Members of Air Cadets Squadron #186 stand at attention during an annual ceremonial review on June 2, 2012. (CHAD GIBSON/QMI Agency Files)

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A Canadian Forces captain has been jailed for a year and kicked out of the military after being found guilty of sexually assaulting two teenage cadets.

Court heard that former Capt. Daniel Moriarty, 26, attacked the cadets at summer camps in Victoria and Vernon, B.C., in 2010 and 2011. He was a cadets instructor at the time.

One victim was a 15-year-old boy and the other a 16-year-old girl.

A military court found him guilty of sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching and two counts of sexual exploitation, earlier this week. His sentence was handed down Thursday.

"Canadian Armed Forces members are held to the highest level of professional and personal conduct and members in positions of leadership are expected to exemplify those standards. There is zero tolerance in the Canadian Armed Forces regarding the actions for which this individual has been found guilty and sentenced," the military said in a statement.

As well as the one-year jail sentence and being booted from the military, Moriarty, the former deputy commander of the Victoria-based military cadet corps, was also demoted to second lieutenant and will have to provide a DNA sample for the national sex offender registry, of which he will be a lifelong member.

Moriarty is planning to appeal the sentence and has been granted a conditional release until then.

The conviction came down Wednesday night at the Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in Victoria, where Moriarty has been on trial since. Oct. 18.


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