Canadian Forces officer acquitted of sex charges

Warrant André Gagnon was acquitted of sexual assault. (SIMON CLARK / QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

Warrant André Gagnon was acquitted of sexual assault. (SIMON CLARK / QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:46 PM ET

QUEBEC CITY — Warrant Officer Andre Gagnon jumped into his lawyer's arms Friday when a court martial jury acquitted him of sexual assault against a female soldier.

The accuser, former Cpl. Stephanie Raymond, burst into tears when the verdict was announced.

The case hinged on whether Raymond consented to sex acts on Dec. 15, 2011, at the Regiment de la Chaudiere armoury near Quebec City following an evening of drunken partying.

Gagnon testified that although Raymond never gave direct consent, she straddled him and gave the impression she "wanted to go further" with him.

The 48-year-old officer also admitted Raymond never responded to his kisses and caresses with any of her own.

The Crown said the fact that Raymond did not resist was no excuse for Gagnon to perform sex acts on the younger woman.


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