Shilo, Man., soldier charged with sex assault

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:50 PM ET

WINNIPEG — A Shilo, Man.-based soldier is accused of sexual assault and two counts of assault causing bodily harm.

Douglas Pettie, a 49-year-old master warrant officer with the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, is also charged with four counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline under the National Defence Act.

Authorities haven’t released details, but said the crimes date back to between February 2011 and May 2013 in Moncton, N.B., and were reported by a third party, not the sexual assault victim.

He was not charged until April 9, 2014.

"The victim was also a serving member," said Maj. Yves Desbiens, who declined to provide further details.

A military prosecutor will decide whether the case will go to a court martial.

“The Canadian Armed Forces do not tolerate sexual misconduct in the workplace,” Lt.-Col. Brian Frei said in a prepared statement. “Cases like this one erode the standards of military discipline and victimize everyone involved. The military police will thoroughly investigate any allegations of sexual misconduct and lay charges if appropriate.”


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