Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

February 26, 2014 15:56 ET

Charges Laid Against a Member of the Canadian Armed Forces

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 26, 2014) - The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS), the investigative arm of the Canadian Forces Military Police, has charged a Canadian Armed Forces Reserve member for sexual assault allegedly committed at the Connaught Range and Primary Training Centre in June of 2009. The training centre is located west of Ottawa, Ontario.

Captain Joseph Horvath was charged with the following:

  • one count of Sexual Assault, contrary to section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

It is alleged that, in June of 2009, Captain Joseph Horvath sexually assaulted another Canadian Armed Forces Reserve member at the Connaught Range and Primary Training Centre.

The Military Police was advised of this historical incident through a third-party source who reported the incident to the Military Police in July of 2013. The CFNIS immediately commenced the investigation once the information was brought to light.

"All members of the Canadian Armed Forces are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate and professional manner at all times," said LCol Brian Frei, Commanding Officer, CFNIS. "The Military Police takes these matters seriously and will thoroughly investigate any allegations of sexual assault related to Canadian Armed Forces members, Department of National Defence employees or incidents which occur on defence establishments."

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.

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