Authorities in Edmonton, Alberta have charged a Canadian Royal Canadian Air Cadet (CAD) in the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in late December.
The CAD was charged as a cadet, which is authorized to practise basic military tactics and is allowed to be trained for warfare. The cadet was at a school ski trip and is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl while they were at a house party. The cadet was held at a youth detention facility until he was released Tuesday on bail.
Police said while the CAD was at the party, the cadet kissed the girl, and the accused later pulled down the girl’s shorts while the two were in a room.
The CAD was also charged with sexual interference. Police said the sexual contact was a one-time event between the victim and the CAD.
“During the arrest the CAD vehemently denied any involvement in an inappropriate sexual situation and his arrest was cancelled,” Edmonton Police Service Chief Rod Knecht said.
“Although it was a cancellation, a commendable example of the zero tolerance policy we have that any misconduct is unacceptable.”
Knecht said the CAD is the only member he is aware of in the CAD to face a sexual assault charge.
The CAD was charged in connection with the victim being interviewed by Children’s Services.
The Edmonton Police Service Cadet program is an inter-school organization where cadets can participate in recreational, sporting and academic activities. The cadets are trained and receive weapons training.