03/26/2015 09:48 EDT | Updated 05/26/2015 05:59 EDT

Senior officer at CFB Valcartier charged with sexual assault, harassment

OTTAWA - A senior officer at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier in Quebec is facing criminal charges.

Lt.-Col. Martin Bernier — the former commander of the 2nd Canadian Division Training Centre at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier — faces two charges of sexual assault and two charges of harassment.

The military did not elaborate on what led to the charges, which were laid Wednesday.

But Lt.-Cmdr. Mike Amirault, acting commanding officer of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, says in a statement the charges are "significant."

In the statement, Amirault says there is no place for sexual misconduct within the Canadian Armed Forces.

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