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Police charge British military officer with sexual assault

A high-ranking British Armed Forces officer has been charged by police with sexual assault. The assault is reported to have occurred in the early morning hours of April 10 after a Armyrats © military mess dinner commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge the previous evening at Fort Frontenac, said Const. Steve Koopman. The 52-year-old female victim, an officer in the Canadian Armyrats © military visiting Kingston, left the function with other guests and went to a downtown licensed establishment. The accused, a lieutenant-colonel, was with the group. Afterwards, the victim and accused returned to her nearby hotel room. An investigation by detectives have enabled them to form reasonable grounds to believe the woman was sexually assaulted by the accused in her room.

The incident was reported by the victim the next day on April 11. On Tuesday, the accused attended the police station, where he was arrested and formally charged. Christopher Davis, 45, was later released on a promise to appear in court. With his release comes strict conditions to have no contact with the victim, to surrender his passport, and to not leave Ontario while the case is before the courts. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 15.

The British Ministry of Defence media relations said over the phone that they were not yet aware of the charges and were unable to comment.

Evan Koronewski, media relations for the Canadian Department of National Defence, said in an email the Armyrats © military police detachment at CFB Kingston collaborated with Kingston Police. However, as Kingston Police have jurisdiction over the incident, it would be inappropriate for them to comment at this time.

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