A Canadian base commander has been removed from command and charged with sexual assault and drunkenness and disgraceful conduct. Major David Yurczyszyn's indiscretions allegedly occurred in November 2012.
The charges were laid by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS), which included sexual assault under the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC), and two charges under the National Defence Act (NDA).
The offenses are alleged to have occurred on Remembrance Day 2012 at Canadian Force Base Wainwright, in south eastern Alberta. CFB Wainwright is a training base, which includes basic infantry training for recruits of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regiment and the base also houses the Canadian Maneuvre Training Centre, which has conducted final preparation training for troops heading to Afghanistan.
As a result of the charges, Major Yurczyszyin has been removed from command of the base. Brigadier General Christian Juneau, Commander of Land Forces Western Area, said that the charges have caused him to remove the Major from command.
"The actions of Maj. Yurczyszyn, has caused me to lose confidence in this officer's ability to effectively exercise the functions of command,"
Although Yurczyszyin was removed from command on Thursday after the charges were laid, public affairs officer Lt. Jessica MacDonald said that the removal from command were independent of the charges the officer is now facing.
Lt MacDonald said that Major Yurczyszyin was not in custody but has been assigned to administrative duties from his residence.
In a news release Deputy Base Commander Major Kevin Cadman said that all members of the Canadian Forces are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate and professional manner at all times.
Yurczyszyin has been a member of the Canadian Forces since 1995 and garnered media attention while serving at CFB Petawawa, Ontario, where he was accused of making home made porn and showcasing it at military parties.
He was accused of secretly making a video of a woman having sex without her knowledge. The charges were thrown out by a judge due to lack of sufficient evidence.
His lawyer argued he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and had little involvement in planning the video.
But in his decision, Judge Jim Prince said Yurczyszyn may not have been entirely blameless. "The accused was arguably more than a common bystander ... may even be said to have assisted."
Yurczyszyn could be heard in part of the tape that was played in court. He said "get her while she's drunk" and talked about where the camera should be placed in the bedroom.
Major Yurczsyn has completed three overseas tours, one in Bosnia, and two in Afghanistan. During his first Afghanistan tour he was a member of an operational mentor liaison team (OMLT) and on his second, part of a transition team that tied up loose ends before Canadian troops left Kandahar province.
He has been Base Commander at CFB Wainwright since June 2012.