CFB Esquimalt. File photo

Court martial underway for retired CAF member accused of sex crimes in Victoria

Seven charges against Colin McGregor include committing, recording sexual assault

A retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces is facing seven charges including sexual assault, voyeurism and disgraceful conduct after recordings of multiple sex crimes were found on electronic devices in his home.

Former Cpl. Colin McGregor is charged under the National Defence Act with one count of sexual assault, two counts of voyeurism, two counts of possession of a device for the purpose of intercepting private communication, one count of disgraceful conduct and one count of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline.

RELATED: Former CFB Esquimalt naval officer charged with sexual assault

A court martial began Monday in Victoria and is expected to last “upwards of two weeks,” according to James Vassallo, public affairs officer for CFB Esquimalt.

The charges stem from incidents alleged to have occurred between Jan. 1, 2011 and Jan. 30, 2017 in Victoria, as well as Alexandria, Virginia.

RELATED: Victoria plaintiffs part of national lawsuit against Canadian Armed Forces

McGregor was arrested and several electronic devices were seized in February 2017 after Canadian Forces National Investigation Service investigators searched his home in Washington, D.C. He was employed there as a resource management support clerk with Canadian Defence Liaison Staff.

Recordings found on the devices included videos of a sexual assault of a fellow CAF member that occurred in Esquimalt in 2011, as well as recordings of a female CAF member in a bathroom in Alexandria, Virginia between 2016 and 2017.

RELATED: Results of study on military sex crimes not surprising: former sailor

According to information received from the Department of National Defence, the investigation began in January 2017 after a recording of a sexual assault was discovered at the private residence of one of the victims.

During the search of McGregor’s Washington, D.C. home, CFNIS investigators seized computers, hard drives, camera equipment and media storage devices, from which it was determined the accused had “willfully intercepted private conversations” in one instance, to “wit a camera alarm clock.”

RELATED: Esquimalt military police encouraging sex assault victims to come forward

McGregor joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a regular force member of the Canadian Army in July 2003 and was based at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, N.B. at the time of his arrest.

He retired from the military in September 2017.

If found guilty, McGregor, who will be represented by a civilian defence lawyer, faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years.

There is currently an application for a publication ban of the court proceedings.

@kristyn_anthony

kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Quesnel’s Rink 2 holds the city’s first official pickleball clinic

Instructor Brooke Siver has been involved with the growing sport for six years

Quesnel Rotary Signboard undergoes transformation

The signboard was used to post signs for community events for 14 years before the change

Ranch Musings: Bruce Mack, a citizen/leader to be thankful for

David Zirnhelt celebrates the life of his friend, Bruce Mack

Quesnel gymnasts vault to provincial podium standing

Young athletes landed four medals at meets with the best in the province

Country and bluegrass festival returns to Quesnel next week

Seventeen bands will perform in the 22nd annual festival, from April 25-28

‘No answers:’ Canadians react to Sri Lanka bombings that killed hundreds

The co-ordinated bomb attacks killed at least 207 people and injured 450 more on Easter Sunday

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

Most Read