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Edmonton Officer Accused Of Sexual Assault Chooses Jury Trial

09/21/2015 03:25 EDT | Updated 09/21/2016 05:12 EDT
Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press

EDMONTON — A high-ranking military officer accused of sex offences has chosen to have a jury trial.

Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker, commander of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton, was arrested in July on 10 charges.

Stalker, 40, is charged with three counts of sexual assault, four counts of sexual exploitation and one count each of sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and breach of trust by a public officer.

The charges relate to alleged incidents involving a military cadet in Edmonton between 1998 and 2007.

A justice official says a preliminary hearing in the case is to begin Aug. 2.

Stalker served in Afghanistan in 2006 and again from June 2010 until October 2011, according to his LinkedIn profile, which was removed from the website shortly after the charges were announced in July.

He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 2007 and 2012 for his efforts in Afghanistan.

A spokeswoman for Defence Minister Jason Kenney, in an emailed statement, called the allegations against Stalker "very disturbing.''

No trial date has been set.

Stalker has been suspended from his post pending the outcome of the court case. 

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