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Halifax sailor charged with sexually assaulting other Armed Forces members

Navy Sub-Lt. Aidan Louise Brownlee, 24, is charged with three counts of sexual assault and one count of assault as well as three counts of behaving in a disgraceful manner contrary to the National Defence Act.
Navy Sub-Lt. Aidan Louise Brownlee, 24, is charged with three counts of sexual assault and one count of assault as well as three counts of behaving in a disgraceful manner contrary to the National Defence Act. - Facebook

HALIFAX - A member of the Canadian Armed Forces is facing charges in connection with alleged sexual assaults last year.

In a news release Wednesday, the Department of National Defence said the allegations involve other Forces members while deployed onboard HMCS Charlottetown.

DND says a police investigation began on Dec. 8, 2017, when a third party reported that a member had been “inappropriately touched” while the ship was near Split, Croatia, and again while ashore in Athens, Greece.

A Canadian Armed Forces National Investigation Service later determined there was a second victim from similar circumstances near Souda Bay, Greece.

DND says the alleged incidents occurred during the fall and winter of 2017.

Navy Sub-Lt. Aidan Louise Brownlee has been charged with three counts of sexual assault, one count of assault and three counts of behaving in a disgraceful manner.

“The Canadian Forces Military Police seek to investigate and where appropriate lay charges based on factual evidence regardless of location in Canada or abroad,” Lt.-Col. Kevin Cadman, commanding officer of the investigation service, said in a statement.

“All members of the Canadian Armed Forces should expect to serve in a respectful and professional environment safe from harmful and inappropriate sexual behaviour.”

Brownlee is a regular force member of HMCS Toronto, whose home port is Halifax, according to DND.

A court date and location for Brownlee has yet to be determined.

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