Ex-corporal’s court martial underway

A court martial of a former Canadian Army corporal facing charges of sexual assault and voyeurism began Monday at CFB Esquimalt.

Retired Cpl. Colin McGregor is facing seven charges: Sexual assault, two counts of voyeurism, two counts of possession of bugging devices to intercept private communication, disgraceful conduct and one of conduct that would prejudice good order and conduct.

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The charges are alleged to have arisen between July 1, 2011, and Jan. 30, 2017, in Victoria and Alexandria, Virginia, near Washington, D.C.

The people who are alleged to have been assaulted and recorded were members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Military judge Commander J.B.M. Pelletier has ordered a ban on the publication of their names.

The charges arose after a search in January 2017 of a residence near Washington, D.C. where McGregor was stationed as a resource management support clerk with the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff.

The search was conducted by members of the Canadian Forces National Investigative Service assisted by American police.

The court martial began with evidence to determine whether the search, granted under a Virginia warrant, violated McGregor’s rights guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights.

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