Former Canadian Armed Forces officer facing sexual assault charge for incident at CFB Esquimalt

Incident occured at CFB Esquimalt in 2010 against another member of the Armed Forces.

A former member of the Canadian Armed Forces is facing a charge related to a sexual assault at CFB Esquimalt seven years ago.

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, a unit responsible for investigating serious and sensitive matters within the Department of National Defence and employees within the Canadian Armed Forces, has charged Simon Duvall with one count of sexual assault.

The incident allegedly took place at CFB Esquimalt in 2010 against a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Duvall, a former officer of the 4th artillery regiment, was charged with a similar offence in November, related to an another sexual assault which took place between December 2010 and January 2011, against another member of the armed forces at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown.

“The Canadian Forces Military Police takes a professional, victim-centric approach towards investigations involving criminal sexual offences,” said Lt.-Col. Francis Bolduc, commanding officer, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service.

“This charge reflects the effectiveness of this approach and out ongoing commitment to support victims and defend against harmful and inappropriate sexual behaviour in the Canadian Armed Forces.”

The charge is under the Criminal Code but is punishable under Section 130 of the National Defence Act, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison

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