On May 18, the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Corps announced that a member was charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in the Leduc First Nation in Alberta. The individual arrested was a part of an all-female cadet squadron. The organization said in a news release that the incident occurred “in the fall of 2018” while the cadet was under the supervision of the junior cohort. Canada’s national police force, RCMP, is investigating the case.
Cadet corps director Jamie Morbelli said in a statement that the organization has cooperated with investigators. “The RCAC takes allegations such as this very seriously,” he said. “We treat any allegation of a sexual nature very seriously, and, in the coming days, we will conduct a complete investigation, following due process, to determine what, if any, disciplinary action is warranted.” According to Morbelli, the member of the cadet squadron was charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, and invitation to sexual touching. In total, the individual was facing nine charges.
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The accused, who has not been named, is now facing one charge of sexual assault, two charges of sexual interference, and two charges of invitation to sexual touching.
A spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Police has said the complainant met the cadet, identified as Noel Ruiz, on social media. Officials are not releasing any more information at this time. The police office said that there is no evidence of further victims at this time.