Preliminary hearing for Edmonton commander facing sex charges starts Tuesday

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

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The preliminary hearing for Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker, who is facing 10 charges in a sexual assault investigation, is scheduled to start Tuesday.

Stalker was arrested last July and in September, he elected to have a jury trial.

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He was suspended from his post as commander of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton pending the outcome of the court case.

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

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“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.”

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

With files The Canadian Press