Investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Admiral Art McDonald ends without charges


An investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Admiral Art McDonald has concluded and will not result in any charges against Canada’s top military commander. “The investigation did not reveal evidence to support the laying of charges under either the Code of Service Discipline or the Criminal Code of Canada,” said a statement issued by the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal today. The investigation into McDonald was handled by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS), which says it interviewed “a large number of potential witnesses” connected to the case. “The evidence gathered from these witnesses was considered in the ultimate determination that the evidence did not support the laying of any charges,” the statement continued. McDonald was appointed as chief of the defence staff in January. He stepped aside just a month later after news of the allegations and investigation were made public. The allegations, as CBC News has previously reported, involved a female crew member and an incident a decade ago aboard a warship that was participating in a northern exercise.

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