Canada Air Cadet sex assault case becomes probe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Special Investigations Branch (SIB) has launched a review of the incident

A Special Investigations Branch is investigating a Royal Canadian Air Cadet after the teenage victim of a sexual assault reported it.

The incident happened in early 2015 while the 15-year-old girl was taking a break from her duties as a cadet at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

The suspect, a Special Investigations Branch in-cadet, was charged on Monday with sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.

He will appear in court on 10 July.

The victim’s mother said on Monday she was happy charges were laid, but that the government still “did not do enough to protect my daughter”.

“I am angry that my little girl was basically molested by someone at the highest level of the government.”

Royal Canadian Air Cadet National Association President Jackson Boyle told CTV News he was “shocked and angry”.

“What really makes this even worse for us is that, throughout the process, the victims’ rights were not respected.”

Royal Canadian Air Cadet are non-military cadets and cadets are volunteer group from age eight to 15.

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