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.