Charges against a Canadian Air Cadet this week, saying the cadet admitted to assaulting a teenage girl after the youngster, while in attendance at the cadet’s outdoor retreat, was left “very upset and very visibly shaken.”
“I don’t know what the weather was that day, but it was extremely cold, and she probably was very, very dry cold,” Lt. Zachary Edmondson, who leads the unit, said in an interview with The Vancouver Sun Monday.
“She was crying very visibly and very visibly shaken.”
Edmondson said the cadet was arrested at a hotel room after the incident Saturday.
The cadet has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference in the alleged incident.
The Cadet, who was not identified, was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on March 25.
The Cadet’s staff and cadets must sign a statement of interest prior to being permitted to return to active duty, The Vancouver Sun reported.
The cadet unit, which is in the midst of celebrating its 100th anniversary, is part of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets Organization.
The British Columbia Association of Air Cadets said in a statement Monday that they “were shocked to hear of the allegations.”
“We have determined that at this time there is nothing to indicate that this incident was included in any of the cadet leaders’ regular training,” the BCAA said.
“We, as a peak air cadet organization, pride ourselves on being a safe and responsible culture,” it added.
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