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

Canadian Armed Forces

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

EDITORIAL: The dilemma of living in beautiful B.C.

Tourism dollars are needed for the economy while some locals are crying ‘stay away’

Three men face attempted murder charges after Harrison Hot Springs stabbing

Man, 24, sent to hospital with life-threatening injuries following attack Wednesday

Four activists face charges linked to 2019 Abbotsford hog-farm protest

Mischief and break-and-enter charges laid for incidents on four separate days prior to the protest

Chilliwack children can get tested locally, Fraser Health confirms

Erroneous information online and via 811 has many families driving to Abbotsford for testing

New treatment centre for addicted youth opening in Chilliwack

Facility ready to support up to 20 youth with substance-use challenges

371 British Columbians battling COVID-19, health officials confirm

Thursday (Aug. 6) saw a second straight day of nearly 50 new confirmed cases

Visitors and non-residents entering closed remote B.C. First Nation’s territories

With limited resources, they say they don’t have any authority or power to enforce the closures

UBC loses appeal on Fisheries Act convictions

BC Supreme Court upholds order to pay $1.55-million fine

‘Tiny home’ being built for Abbotsford woman with severe allergies

Online campaign raises $59,000 for custom cargo trailer for Katie Hobson

Masks to be mandatory on BC Transit, TransLink starting Aug. 24

Both BC Transit and TransLink made the announcement in separate press releases on Thursday

Acclaimed B.C. actor Brent Carver passes away

Carver, one of Canada’s greatest actors with a career spanning 40 years, passed away at home in Cranbrook

B.C. would not send students back to school if there was ‘overwhelming risk’: Horgan

Plan has left many parents across the province worried about their children’s safety

Canucks blank Wild 3-0, take series lead in penalty-filled NHL qualifying clash

Jacob Markstrom stops 27 shots to lead Vancouver past Minnesota

Most Read