Ottawa – Military police say they have leveled a charge of sexual assault on the former head of human resources of the Canadian Armed Forces.

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The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service says Vice-Admiral Hayden Edmondson has also been charged with one count of obscene acts.

The charges came weeks after Defense Minister Anita Anand announced she had accepted retired Supreme Court Justice Louise Arbor’s call to transfer the investigation and prosecution of military sexual assault cases to civilian authorities.

  • Given a year-long investigation into alleged military sexual misconduct

In announcing the charges against Edmondson, CFNIS noted that Arbor opened the door to leaving the investigation in the hands of the military police if they are nearing completion.

Edmondson’s case would proceed through the civil justice system rather than the military justice system.

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Edmondson stepped down as chief of military personnel command in March because of a police investigation following a CBC report of alleged sexual assault. He has denied the allegations.

His successor, Lieutenant General. Steven Whelan stepped down in October because of a military police investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. He has also denied any wrongdoing.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 7, 2021.