Gavin White, 25, who was the scout’s second-in-command, is charged with sexual assault and sexual interference
The leader of an elite Canadian Air Cadet division has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference of a teenage girl.
A spokesman for the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Force said the teen became the subject of an investigation after she reported a sexual assault to a fellow cadet leader.
The cadet force said the boy who is 25 years old had stepped down from his position as the unit’s second-in-command in February, a day after the incident was reported to police. The spokesman, Scott Pedley, said the boy’s arrest was not related to his resignation.
The spokesman said he could not identify the cadet leader who is accused of sexual assault, or the male cadet who is accused of sexual interference. The spokesman could not provide additional details about the case.
Pedley said another suspect, who is also a cadet leader, is under investigation for sexual assault, while an unspecified third person is facing a charge of sexual interference.
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The spokesperson said no other cadets have been placed under investigation. “Our cadets are law-abiding youth who are trusted and enjoyed by the whole Air Cadet family,” the spokesperson said.
Canada’s Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said there was no suggestion of a “corporate connection” in the arrest, and no internal investigation had been ordered into the Cadet Force.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said police had arrested and charged a cadet. The Cadet Force spokesman confirmed that a cadet was arrested but said he had no other information.
Goodale said the cadet’s online postings indicated he was a convicted felon convicted of using the internet to traffic women, and four people had come forward to have their statements tested.
“It’s terrible to hear that,” Goodale said. “Certainly, as you know, when our safety and security is threatened we need to vigorously prosecute those who are the first perpetrators.”
All Air Cadet projects, including activities in the national capital region, will be suspended until further notice as a precaution, the spokesman said.