A member of the Canadian Armed Forces is in seriously hot water after news broke that he was accused of six criminal charges. Some of the charges include child pornography and attempted sexual assault on a child.
Corporal Jean-Francois Paquette has been charged with a list of criminal charges and the accusations are very disturbing.
Paquette was charged with the following:
- Luring a child under 16 years old
- Making, printing or publishing child pornography
- Distributing or selling child pornography
- Agreeing through telecommunication to commit a sexual offence against a child
- Attempted sexual assault on person under 16 years of age
- Attempted invitation to sexual touching
Corporal Paquette has not been convicted of any of these crimes, however, the Government of Canada website did release information on the charges brought up against the soldier this morning on their national defence portion of the website.
Paquette was stationed at the Canadian Forces location in Cold Lake, Alberta. He was a member of 4 Mission Support Squadron.
The details involving Corporal Paquette's charges are incredibly troubling, considering the Canadian Armed Forces are stationed in communities to protect its citizens.
This isn't the first time that a person in a position of power has been accused of manipulating or abusing a young child.
Last year, Robert Dowd, a former Manitoba RCMP officer was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference involving a child. The trial concluded and Dowd was found guilty of the charges laid against him.
In 2017, former Ottawa Mountie was charged and convicted of restraining, sexually abusing and torturing his son in the basement of his family home. In April 2017, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
There have been many other proven cases of men and women in law enforcement, schools and even in the military that use their position of power as a way to abuse young children, especially in a sexual way.
Source: CTV News