Military medic who fondled female recruits sentenced to 30 months

James Wilks is pictured in London, Ont., in this October 8, 2013 file photo. (MIKE HENSEN/QMI...

James Wilks is pictured in London, Ont., in this October 8, 2013 file photo. (MIKE HENSEN/QMI Agency)

Randy Richmond and Daniel Proussalidis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:09 PM ET

OTTAWA — A 30-month sentence handed to James Wilks, a military medic who fondled female recruits during physicals, sends a message Canada's military doesn't take sexual crimes seriously, one of his victims says.

"I am really disappointed in it. I thought he should have done a year for each victim," Kristen Harms said Monday.

"I thought the military was trying to make it look like they were taking things more seriously, but it doesn't seem like they are doing that with this short sentence."

A military judge sentenced Wilks Monday for 10 counts of sexual assault and 15 counts of breach of trust for conducting medical exams that included fake breast exams on military recruits.

Sixteen women testified at his court martial, saying Wilks, a Canadian Forces medic, asked they strip to their underwear and submit to breast exams.

This happened between 2003 and 2009 in London and Thunder Bay.

Wilks was found guilty in November.

Harms said she was hoping for the maximum 10-year sentence, but would have preferred Wilks received one year for each assault.

"It seems like they can do what they want and get away with it, without doing much time."

Wilks plans to appeal the sentence.

The identities of the complainants, who come from across Ontario, are protected by court order, but Harms asked the court that her name stand on the public record.

The former sonar operator testified Wilks sexually assaulted her during a medical exam at a recruitment office in 2009.


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