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Charges Laid Against Former Commanding Officer of Canadian Forces Base Wainwright

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 2, 2013) - Today, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces with offences related to sexual assault, disgraceful conduct and drunkenness.

Major David Yurczyszyn, former Commanding Officer of Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Wainwright, AB, has been charged with one count of sexual assault in accordance with Section 271(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada and pursuant to Section 130 of the National Defence Act, one count of disgraceful conduct, in accordance with Section 93 of the National Defence Act, and one count of drunkenness, in accordance with Section 97 of the National Defence Act. The offences are alleged to have occurred on 11 November 2012.

"All members of the Canadian Armed Forces are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate and professional manner at all times," said Major Kevin Cadman, Deputy Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service. "The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service and the Military Police consider these charges to be significant and have taken action accordingly."

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service is a unit within the independent Canadian Forces Military Police Group. Their mandate is to investigate serious and sensitive matters in relation to Department of National Defence property, Department of National Defence employees and Canadian Armed Forces personnel serving in Canada and around the world.