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Edmonton commander facing sex charges picks jury trial

Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker is interviewed as Canadian troops fight fires in Montreal Lake, Sask., on July 9, 2015. A court appearance has been put over for a high-ranking military officer on sex charges. A lawyer appeared on behalf of Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker in Edmonton provincial court Thursday on 10 charges, including sexual assault.
Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker is interviewed as Canadian troops fight fires in Montreal Lake, Sask., on July 9, 2015. A court appearance has been put over for a high-ranking military officer on sex charges. A lawyer appeared on behalf of Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker in Edmonton provincial court Thursday on 10 charges, including sexual assault. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

(*EDITOR’S NOTE: On Nov. 4, 2016, the charges against Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker were dropped by the Alberta Crown.)

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EDMONTON — A high-ranking military officer accused of sex offences has chosen to have a jury trial.

Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker, 40, commander of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton, was arrested in July on 10 charges.

The charges, including sexual assault, relate to alleged incidents involving a military cadet in Edmonton between 1998 and 2007.

“A victim came forward to us in April of this year,” said Francis Bolduc, Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service. “He came forward with information and we initiated an investigation that resulted in charges.”

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“These are serious and significant charges under the Criminal Code of Canada,” said Bolduc.

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A justice official says a preliminary hearing in the case is to begin Aug. 2.

No trial date has been set.

Stalker has been suspended from his post pending the outcome of the court case.

With files from Global News

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