On May 10, 2017, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces with sexual assault, voyeurism and related offences under the Criminal Code of Canada.
The charges stem from the discovery in January 2017 of a recording device at the private residence of a Canadian Armed Forces member near Washington, D.C.
The accused, at that time, was a resource management support clerk with Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (Washington). CFNIS investigators, with the assistance of local police, searched the home of the accused and seized several electronic devices. Recordings found on these devices included video of a sexual assault against a Canadian Armed Forces member at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in 2011.
Corporal Colin McGregor, now based at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, New Brunswick, faces multiple charges under the Criminal Code of Canada, punishable under section 130 of the National Defence Act. Charges include sexual assault, voyeurism, interception, and breaking and entering, as well as possession of property obtained by crime, theft, transmission of intimate image, possession of a device for surreptitious interception, and possession of child pornography.
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.
Anyone who has knowledge related to this investigation is asked to contact the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service at: 1-888-812-3647.
“This case illustrates the unique international policing role and capability of the Canadian Forces Military Police. Whereas other policing agencies may have been limited in their access to this individual, the Canadian National Investigation Service exercise their police jurisdiction wherever members of the Canadian Armed Forces serve around the world. Just as when they are deployed abroad, our investigators in this case were able to partner with a local policing agency in the United States, navigate diplomatic requirements and pursue this investigation across borders to bring this individual to justice.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Bolduc, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service
- The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service is a unit within the independent Canadian Forces Military Police Group whose mandate is to investigate serious and sensitive matters in relation to Department of National Defence property, Department of National Defence employees and Canadian Armed Forces personnel serving in Canada and around the world.
- The Canadian Armed Forces takes all reports of sexual misconduct by its members very seriously and, in all cases, action is taken to determine facts, conduct applicable investigations, analyse available evidence and, if warranted, lay the appropriate charges.