Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 25, 2011 16:26 ET

Alex Lough Sentenced Following Court Martial

COLD LAKE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 25, 2011) - Commander Peter Lamont, a Canadian Forces military judge, has sentenced ex-Corporal Alex Lough to a 34-month term of imprisonment in connection with the assault of three females at the Cold Lake Cadet Summer Training Centre on August 1, 2010.

Mr. Lough will serve his term of incarceration in a civilian federal penitentiary.

As part of his sentence, Mr. Lough will be prohibited from handling or owning firearms for 10 years. The judge also ordered him to register with the federal sex offender registry and provide a DNA sample for the federal DNA databank.

The incident occurred at a cadet accommodations building, Maple Flag Quarters, at Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake. Two of the victims were cadets. The other was a cadet instructor.

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service laid charges against then-Corporal Lough on August 5, 2010. The charges, as preferred by the Director of Military Prosecutions, were three counts of breaking and entering and committing an indictable offence, two counts of sexual assault, and one count of sexual assault with threat to a third party.

At the time of the incident, Mr. Lough was an aviation technician with 1 Air Maintenance Squadron, 4 Wing Cold Lake. He was not part of the cadet program.

Mr. Lough was released from the Canadian Forces in June 2011 and is now a civilian.

A court martial began on October 24, 2011. Mr. Lough pleaded guilty on October 27, 2011, to an offence in respect to each of the victims: one count of breaking and entering and committing an indictable offence (sexual assault), one count of assault, and one count of sexual assault with threat to a third party.

Contact Information

  • Lieutenant (Navy) Bettina McCulloch Drake
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