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Garrison Petawawa soldier charged with sexual assault 0

By Sean Chase, Daily Observer

A Petawawa soldier has been charged with sexual assault, the Department of National Defence said Thursday.

Master Cpl. Malcolm McCarty, 28, is a member of the Royal Canadian Dragoons. He was charged on Wednesday by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS). McCarty joined the military in 2005 and has one overseas deployment to Afghanistan.

He has been charged with two counts of sexual assault under Section 130 of the National Defence Act, which is pursuant to Section 271 of the Criminal Code.

“The Canadian Armed Forces and the Military Police treat every allegation of sexual assault as a serious crime,” said Lt.-Col. Brian Frei, commanding officer of the CFNIS. “Such cases erode the standards of military discipline and victimize everyone involved. The Military Police will thoroughly investigate allegations of sexual assault and lay charges accordingly.”

On Thursday, Maj. Yves Desbiens, senior public affairs officer with the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal, said the alleged incident involving the armoured soldier occurred at Garrison Petawawa, however, he did not say exactly when. A complaint was lodged in December resulting in military police opening a file and launching an investigation. No court dates for McCarty have been set.

These new charges come as another Petawawa soldier awaits his sentencing in a high profile case. Cpl. Christopher Chaulk pleaded guilty to six total charges stemming from two attacks at then CFB Petawawa in early May, 2010, including two counts of assault causing bodily harm, and one count each of robbery, break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence, possession of break and enter tools and unlawful entry. Chaulk, originally from Canadian Forces Station St. John's, will be sentenced on April 28 in Pembroke superior court.

Sean Chase is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist.

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