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The Canadian Forces has quietly dropped a sexual assault charge against a former top officer in its recruiting organization, which has the role of helping ensure more women the military. Dan Mainguy, who was the senior staff officer for marketing and advertising with the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group, was charged Sept. But Canadian Forces prosecutors dropped the sexual assault charge, replacing it with one charge of assault.
The one count of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline still stands. No public announcement was made of the move to drop the sex charge, which was done in early The Canadian Forces leadership has been rocked by recent allegations of sexual misconduct, with some of its top officers now under investigation by military police. That prompted hearings by two Commons committees, where victims spoke out about a military justice system that reduces sexual assault charges against officers to lesser offences.
Canadian Forces spokesman Maj. Travis Smyth said the alleged victim was consulted in the decision to drop the sexual assault charge against Mainguy. Mainguy declined sex gruop, referring questions to sex gruop military lawyer, who did not respond to a request from this newspaper.
Shortly before he was charged, Mainguy was removed from the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group, which is responsible for attracting, processing, selecting and enrolling all regular force recruits. The group at Canadian Forces Base Borden has been emphasizing the need to attract more women into the ranks as well as efforts to include a more diverse group of recruits.
But a military source contacted this newspaper to point out that Mainguy was still in a key position at CFB Borden. The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service declined to provide a copy of the charge sheet for Mainguy, stating this newspaper must use the Access to Information law to obtain that document. Under that law, it could take between five and seven years to have the record released, if at all.
In the civilian police and justice system, such charge sheets are available to the public and media. Military sources say at least one woman originally complained to the defence leadership about Mainguy and that in an investigation was launched at CFB Borden.
Further details could not be released because sex gruop the federal privacy act, according to the Canadian Forces. Military police on June 6, started examining allegations of sexual misconduct, which through the course of the investigation revealed two separate and unrelated incidents involving Mainguy, according to a new release at the time from the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service.
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