Image copyright Reuters Image caption Curtis Jeffers, 17, was charged in connection with the alleged attack on a 14-year-old girl in Calgary, Alberta
A 17-year-old Canadian air cadet has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.
Curtis Jeffers was arrested after the alleged attack took place on 1 December last year, in Calgary, Alberta.
Police say the girl said she was assaulted while swimming in a Lake Athabasca dam.
Cadet Lt Andrea DeLong said staff had a duty to report any suspicious behaviour to police.
She said the incident had cast a cloud over the volunteer organisation, but it was not a reflection of the commitment of its members.
“I want to assure you that that young cadet and all cadets who serve in the CAAC would never let anyone down or put others in a dangerous situation,” Lt DeLong said in a statement.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cadets are one of Canada’s largest youth groups
Cadets are one of Canada’s largest youth groups. They train up to the age of 18 and participate in regular citizenship and military-style training.
In addition to a range of regular training exercises, cadets are encouraged to volunteer in their communities and often seek leadership roles.
Cadets have previously featured prominently in Canada’s military, from including a cadet wing on submarines to cadets conducting ski patrols near Mount Everest.
The Canadian Academy of Cadets is based in Victoria, British Columbia.
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