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Alberta soldier will need criminal defense in sex assault case

Sexual assault charges were recently laid against two Canadian soldiers in two unrelated cases. The assaults allegedly happened in Alberta's capital of Edmonton and at the Canadian forces base (CFB) at Wainright, Alberta. One of the soldiers may need criminal defense counsel depending upon the results of an on-going investigation.

One of the soldiers stationed at CFB Edmonton, is facing one charge of sexual assault stemming from an allegation made by a civilian who says the assault happened at a private home in January 2017. The soldier is with 1 Combat Engineer Regiment. The case will be heard in a civilian court of law with the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service. 

The other case which involves a corporal based in Valcartier, Que., may result in further charges being laid. He has already been charged with sexual assault. The 10-year-old charge relates to a supposed offense against another Forces member at CFB Wainright in 2007. The incident is still being investigated by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, which is an independent unit in the Canadian Forces Military Police Group. The military said the accused in this case could face a court martial; however, a location and date have not as yet been determined. 

Sexual assault is an extremely serious allegation. In many cases, criminal defense lawyers will be needed. The Alberta prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused is indeed guilty of the charge. The proof must be backed up by solid evidence. Criminal defense lawyers will review all evidence to move forward with a best course of action in mounting a defense in criminal court.

Source: Edmonton - CBC News, "Two soldiers charged with separate sex assaults in Alberta", July 14, 2017

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