Canada cadet investigation: girl, 16, sexually assaulted by male cadet

Police said the girl was a volunteer student for the air cadets in the province of Nova Scotia

A 16-year-old girl has reported being sexually assaulted by a Royal Canadian Air Cadet member in 2019 while volunteering with the organization, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said on Friday.

The incident, which does not appear to have any connection to the cadet organization, took place in the city of Halifax, Canada’s second-largest, and was reported to police this week.

“RCMP are continuing to investigate the case and are taking the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of both the alleged victim and the community,” police said in a statement. The victim was not injured, it said.

The girl was a volunteer student for the cadets in the province of Nova Scotia, police said.

The cadets are a national youth volunteer organization sponsored by the Canadian government and run by the Royal Canadian Air Force. Its participants are aged nine to 25, according to its website.

Police have not identified the suspect and said he has not been charged. A spokesman for the air cadets, Captain Sam Gervais, said the organization had been made aware of the investigation.

“We are working closely with Nova Scotia RCMP and the other organizations involved in this investigation to ensure the safety of all,” he said in an email.

The Canadian junior sportswear retailer Moose Jaw Girls Hockey Association, which had a team in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ major junior women’s hockey league, also said it was aware of the allegations and cooperating with police.

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