Court martial in Gatineau hears sex assault charges against medic

Court martial in Gatineau hears sex assault charges against medic

Former military medical technician James Wilks, a petty officer second class who is now retired, leaves court during a break at his court martial in Gatineau, Que., on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. The court martial of a former military medic charged with breach of trust and sexual assault has begun. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand.

GATINEAU, Que. — The court martial of a former military medic charged with breach of trust and sexual assault has begun.

Military judge Col. Mario Dutil has spent much of the opening hours instructing a five-member jury panel on how it should consider the charges against James Wilks.

The former petty officer, whose job mainly involved the medical screening of military recruits, is accused of several incidents of breach of trust and one count of sexual assault in connection with complaints filed by women in Thunder Bay, London and Windsor, Ont.

From 1984 until early 2011, Wilks worked as a medical assistant and medical technician at Canadian Forces recruiting centres.

Several complainants said their breasts were fondled during the recruitment process in separate incidents between 2004 and 2009.

The four man, one woman court martial panel is expected to hear two weeks of testimony.

The Canadian Press

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