Dany Fortin to be charged with one count of sexual assault: lawyer

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Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin will be formally charged by Gatineau police on Wednesday with one count of sexual assault, according to his lawyer. He will present himself in court at 9 a.m. EDT, per police request, and is expected to speak with media about 15 minutes later. His lawyer said they have not yet seen the paperwork for the charge. Fortin was the face of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout until mid-May when he was removed when the investigation came to light. He was let go on May 14, five days before the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service referred a sexual misconduct investigation to the Quebec prosecution service to determine whether criminal charges should be laid. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan were aware of the investigation for weeks before Fortin was removed as leader of the COVID-19 vaccine taskforce. In an affidavit sworn on July 13, Fortin said the impact of the investigation on his reputation and career “has been devastating.” “Currently my career appears to be over,” he added. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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