08/05/2016 11:56 EDT | Updated 08/05/2016 11:59 EDT

Mason Stalker Ordered To Stand Trial In Edmonton On Sexual Assault Charges

Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press

EDMONTON — A high-ranking military officer accused of sex crimes has been ordered to stand trial.

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

Following a preliminary hearing this week, a judge has determined the 41-year-old will proceed to trial on four counts of sexual exploitation and three counts of sexual assault.

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

No trial date has been set and Stalker has chosen to have a jury trial.

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

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