A member of Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt is facing a sexual assault charge in connection with an incident that dates back to 2011.
On Thursday, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged Master Cpl. Dylan Lafeber of Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt with sexual assault.
According to the Department of National Defence, the incident allegedly involved Lafeber and another member of the Canadian Armed Forces during training at a base in Borden Ont. in August 2011. The incident was reported to the Canadian Armed Forces’ Sexual Misconduct Response Centre in March 2017.
“We take all allegations of sexual assault seriously and investigate to determine the facts, analyse evidence, and when warranted, lay appropriate charges,” Lt-Col. Kevin Cadman, commanding officer with Canadian Forces National Investigation Service said in a statement.
“This charge reflects that ongoing effort and illustrates the commitment of military police to protect the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and to ensure support for victims of criminal sexual offences.”
Lafeber faces one count of sexual assault. The matter is now proceeding in accordance with the military justice system for a possible court martial at a date and location still to be determined.