Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 12, 2011 14:50 ET

James Wilks Sentenced Following Court Martial

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2011) - Lt.-Col. J.G. Perron, a Canadian Forces (CF) military judge, has sentenced Mr. James Wilks to 9 months imprisonment for incidents that occurred while he was performing recruit medical examinations in South-Western Ontario on behalf of the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre (CFRC) Detachment London. In addition, Mr. Wilks was ordered to comply with the Sex Offender Information Registry for 20 years as well as provide DNA samples for the National DNA Databank.

On April 29, 2011, the Director of Military Prosecutions preferred two counts of sexual assault contrary to section 130 of the National Defence Act (NDA), and pursuant to section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC), and four counts of breach of trust contrary to section 130 of the National Defence Act (NDA), and pursuant to section 122 of the CCC against Petty Officer Second Class (PO2) retired James Wilks. On October 17, 2011, Mr. Wilks was found guilty of one count of sexual assault and four counts of breach of trust.

The incidents took place at CFRC Detachment London and at the Major G.H. Stirrett Armouries in Sarnia between September 2008 and December 2009.

As Mr. Wilks is no longer a member of the CF, he will serve his sentence at a civilian facility.

Mr. Wilks served in the CF for 27 years and was released on April 28, 2011.

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