A member of the Canadian Armed Forces who works at the Saint-Jean Garrison, where new recruits undergo basic training, has been charged with sexual assault in connection with an incident involving a student.

According to a Department of National Defence news release, the alleged incident occurred in December 2016 at a restaurant in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and involved an instructor and student.

Master Cpl. Pierre Desrosiers faces the following charges:

  • One count of sexual assault under the Criminal Code.
  • One count of drunkenness under the National Defence Act.
  • Two counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline under the National Defence Act.

Desrosiers may face a court martial at a later date.

“Such behaviour is inconsistent with the values and ethics of the institution and we will continue to bring those responsible for criminal sexual offences to justice,” said Lt.-Col. Kevin Cadman, the commanding officer of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, in the statement.

The Saint-Jean Garrison, also known as Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School, is the site of the 12-week basic training course that non-commissioned members of the Forces must undergo shortly after they enlist.

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