Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 20, 2013 16:00 ET

Media Advisory : Court Martial for Retired Petty Officer 2nd Class James Wilks

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 20, 2013) - The second court martial for a former Canadian Armed Forces medical technician, Petty Officer 2nd Class James Wilks, in relation to sexual assault and breach of trust charges, begins next week. The trial is open to the media and the public.

When: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Media are asked to arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. to ensure access and receive a brief.
Where: Asticou Centre - 241 Boulevard Cité-des-Jeunes, Gatineau, Quebec
Courtroom: Block 2600 - Room 2601
What: Mr. Wilks faces a standing court martial in relation to charges resulting from incidents alleged to have occurred between 2003 and 2009 while he was performing medical examinations in Thunder Bay and London, Ontario.

He is charged with 11 counts of sexual assault contrary to section 130 of the National Defence Act and pursuant to section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada, as well as 18 counts of breach of trust by a public officer contrary to section 130 of the National Defence Act and pursuant to section 122 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Notes to editor / news director:

* Media are requested to confirm attendance no later than 10 a.m. on September 24, 2013, with the contact below, including potential parking requirements, and to receive details regarding access.

* Asticou Centre is a secure building. As military courts martial follow the open court principle, specific public access and media work areas have been designated. Access through other entrances will not be facilitated.

* Free parking is available. Directions to Centre Asticou and a grounds map are available on the Chief Military Judge web site.

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