Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

February 21, 2014 10:00 ET

Media Advisory: Sentencing Hearing for Retired Petty Officer 2nd Class James Wilks

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 21, 2014) - The sentencing hearing for 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 hearing is open to the media and the public.

When: Monday, February 24, 2014, starting at 10:00 a.m.
Media are asked to arrive no later than 9:15 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: On November 15, 2013, a Standing Court Martial found Mr. Wilks guilty of 25 out of 26 charges. Of the 10 sexual assault and 16 breach of trust charges against retired Petty Officer 2nd Class James Wilks, Military Judge, Lieutenant-Colonel Louis-Vincent d'Auteuil, pronounced Mr. Wilks guilty of: all 10 sexual assault charges and 15 of 16 breach of trust charges. Sixteen complainants testified during the trial, which took place in Gatineau, Quebec, and in London, Ontario. The court martial is in relation to offences committed between 2003 and 2009, while he was performing medical examinations in Thunder Bay and London, Ontario.

Information on Canada's military justice system may be found at Canada's Military Justice System and Military Justice System Independence.

Notes to editor / news director:

* Media are requested to confirm attendance no later than 12-noon on February 21, 2014, 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 Asticou Centre and a grounds map are located at: Asticou

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