Sexual Assault Charges Laid Against HMCS Toronto Officer

November 14, 2018 – On November 10, 2018, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with multiple sexual assault-related offenses under the National Defense Act (NDA) and Criminal Code of Canada (CCC).

The charges relate to reported incidents during Fall and Winter 2017 involving other members of the CAF while deployed at sea onboard HMCS Charlottetown.

Navy Sub-Lieutenant Aidan Louise BROWNLEE, a Regular Force member of HMCS Toronto which homeport is Halifax, N.S. faces the following charges.

• Three (3) counts of Sexual Assault under section 271 of the CCC, punishable under section 130 of the NDA;
• One (1) count of Assault under section 266 of the CCC, punishable under section 130 of the NDA;
• Three (3) counts of Behaving in disgraceful manner contrary to section 93 of the NDA.

The matter is now proceeding in accordance with the military justice system for possible court martial at a date and location still to be determined.:

The police investigation began on 08 December 2017 by CFNIS when a third party reported that a member had been inappropriately touched while ship was near Split, Croatia and again while ashore in Athens, Greece.

The CFNIS initiated the investigation upon reception of complaint. In the course of this investigation, the CFNIS determined there was a second victim from similar circumstances near Souda Bay, Greece.

This announcement is a consolidation of the charges resulting from the two distinct investigations.

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