October 23, 2014.
Global Television has reported the case of retired Private James Robichaud alleging significant and repeated physical abuse during his recruit training in 2009-2010 at CFB Saint-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu,Quebec. Other recruits were also allegedly subject to abuse and were harassed by the same instructor who is now serving with 2 Service Battalion in Petawawa, Ontario.
Robichaud alleged that the physical abuse endured at the hands of his recruit instructor was so traumatizing that it left him with long term physical and mental injuries, and sabotaged his military career. His allegations were investigated by the National Investigation Service (NIS) only after Michel Drapeau Law Office (MDLO) in April 2012 wrote to the the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, the Judge Advocate General and the Provost Marshall. The NIS first laid charges in January 2014. However, it took nine months for the Director of Military Prosecution to prefer the charges.
The Director of Military Prosecutions, Office of the Judge Advocate General, has now preferred charges against Master-Corporal J. Franco Guarrnaccia, 2 Service Battalion, CFB Petawawa with a total of five charges
- First charge. Section 95 of the National Defence Act. Abuse of subordinates. (Victim: Private James Robichaud)
- Second charge. Section 266 of the Criminal Code. Assault (Victim: Private James Robichaud)
- Third charge. Section 95 of the National Defence Act. Abuse of subordinates. (Victim: Another private recruit on the same course)
- Fourth charge. Section 266 of the Criminal Code. Assault. (Victim: Another private recruit on the same course)
- Fifth charge. Section 129 of the National Defence Act. Conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline for intimidating and harassing recruits.
See link: at http: //globalnews.ca/news/1614086/military-veteran-alleges-abuse-by-drill-sergeant/
A copy of the Charge Sheet is attached here: Charge Sheet Guarnaccia
It is anticipated that the trial will take place in Base des forces canadiennes Saint-Jean-sur-le Richelieu. The trial is not expected to take place until late summer or fall 2015.