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DND says a police investigation began on Dec. 8, 2017, when a third party reported that a member had been “inappropriately touched” while the ship was near Split, Croatia, and again while ashore in Athens, Greece.
DND says the alleged incidents occurred during the fall and winter of 2017.
As a result, Navy Sub-Lt. Aidan Louise Brownlee has been charged with three counts of sexual assault, one count of assault and three counts of behaving in a disgraceful manner.
“The Canadian Forces Military Police seek to investigate and where appropriate lay charges based on factual evidence regardless of location in Canada or abroad,” said Lt.-Col. Kevin Cadman, commanding officer of CAFNIS, in a statement.
“All members of the Canadian Armed Forces should expect to serve in a respectful and professional environment safe from harmful and inappropriate sexual behaviour.”
Navy Sub-Lt. Brownlee is a regular force member of HMCS Toronto, whose homeport is Halifax, according to DND.
A court date and location for Navy Sub-Lt. Brownlee has yet to be determined.