Ottawa — Gendarmerie states that he has charged a former Canadian Army chief of human resources with one case of sexual assault.
Lieutenant General Haydn Edmundson was also charged with one public indecency, according to the Canadian Armed Forces National Investigation Agency.
Defense Minister Anita Anand will be prosecuted weeks after announcing that she has accepted the call of retired Supreme Court Judge Louise Arbor to transfer the investigation and prosecution of military sexual assault cases to civilian authorities. ..
In announcing the accusation against Edmundson, CFNIS said Arbor had left the investigation in the hands of the gendarmerie and left the door open when the investigation was nearing completion.
Edmundson proceedings proceed through the civilian judiciary system, not the military judicial system.
Edmundson resigned as a military commander in March for a police investigation after the CBC’s report of alleged sexual assault. He denied the claim.
His successor, Lieutenant. Stephen Welan resigned in October to investigate military police for allegations of sexual misconduct. He also denied any misconduct.