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Judge orders Edmonton military officer to face trial on sex charges

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 crimes has been ordered to stand trial.

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

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Following a preliminary hearing this week, a judge has determined the 41-year-old will proceed to trial on four counts of sexual exploitation and three counts of sexual assault.

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

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No trial date has been set and Stalker has chosen to have a jury trial.

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

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