Court sets dates for former head of military HR’s sexual assault trial | CBC News


A court docket has put aside 13 days subsequent yr for the prison trial of the army’s former head of human assets. 

Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson was charged in December 2021 with sexual assault and committing indecent acts. Edmundson has denied any wrongdoing.

The trial is ready to start out Aug. 8, 2023 in an Ottawa civilian court docket, based on a digital court docket continuing Wednesday. 

A publication ban is in place defending the id of the complainant.

As a former commander, Edmundson had authority over profession penalties for army members discovered to have engaged in sexual misconduct.

His workplace’s mandate included eliminating dangerous and inappropriate behaviour within the army and complying with a class-action lawsuit towards the Canadian Armed Forces over sexual misconduct, according to the military’s website. 

The allegations towards Edmundson are essentially the most critical to be levelled towards any senior chief within the Canadian Armed Forces in the course of the current sexual misconduct disaster. The army eliminated Edmundson from his function and later changed him following CBC Information’ reporting on his case.

Since early February 2021, a number of present and former senior Canadian army leaders have been sidelined, investigated, criminally charged or pressured into retirement from a few of the strongest and prestigious posts within the defence institution.

Consultants who research army sexual misconduct say they can not consider one other army anyplace else on the earth that has seen so many senior leaders swept up in scandal on the identical time.

Report on sexual misconduct to be made public quickly

A much-anticipated unbiased overview of how the army ought to handle the sexual misconduct disaster is ready to be launched by Could 30.

The federal government triggered the unbiased overview nearly a yr in the past following International Information stories on the previous chief of the defence workers, the now-retired Gen. Jonathan Vance.

As commander of Navy Personnel Command, Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson, proper, used to report on to then-chief of the defence workers Gen. Jonathan Vance. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

Vance pleaded responsible in March to obstruction of justice and acknowledged he was in a sexual relationship with a subordinate while in the top job, after having denied these claims previously.

His substitute, Admiral Artwork McDonald, was terminated from his place final yr following sexual misconduct allegations that he denied.

The unbiased overview, led by former Supreme Court docket justice Louise Arbour, is the second such overview previously seven years.

In 2015, former Supreme Court docket justice Marie Deschamps launched a milestone report that discovered sexual assault, harassment and bullying have been endemic within the Canadian Armed Forces — and that senior management tolerated it.

The federal authorities has been criticized for launching a second overview and failing to correctly implement the recommendations from the Deschamps’ report.

Edmundson’s subsequent court docket look is ready for Jan. 3, 2023.

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