Royal Canadian Air Cadet Assault Charge

Police have charged a royal Canadian air cadet member with the assault of a 15-year-old girl in Gander, New Brunswick. Luke Haddad, 20, was arrested in St. John’s, New Brunswick, last week and charged…

Royal Canadian Air Cadet Assault Charge

Police have charged a royal Canadian air cadet member with the assault of a 15-year-old girl in Gander, New Brunswick.

Luke Haddad, 20, was arrested in St. John’s, New Brunswick, last week and charged with criminal sexual assault, breach of trust, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and using a computer to lure a child into a sexual relationship.

The BBC reported that Haddad allegedly used the platform Kik to invite the teen to chat online after contacting her through a local newspaper.

He allegedly drove the teen to his family home and sexually assaulted her inside.

Haddad was a member of a much publicized 2015 Royal Canadian Air Cadet exercise that led to the deaths of five cadets. Haddad attended the exercise as a member of his group but was reportedly not part of the drill team at the time.

Sources told the BBC that the Royal Canadian Air Cadets are private organizations that receive funding from the Canadian government, which is not meant to cover security costs.

Once a cadet, Haddad joined the cadet program at 13 years old. He joined the military at age 14, according to CBC News.

The National Post reported that he had plans to join the New Brunswick Defense Forces.

The post said he had received a speeding ticket in St. John’s on May 29.

The Canadian government said it was “fully aware” of Haddad’s arrest and investigation.

“No member of the military or cadet program has been arrested in connection with this case, and we will assist with the investigation as necessary,” said Marc Tremblay, an assistant director of communications for the Canadian Forces in a statement, according to the National Post.

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