Former commander charged in Afghanistan sex case

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Subordinate also facing charges

The chief of the defence staff is battling immorality in the ranks as the former commander of Canada's troops in Afghanistan and a female subordinate face charges from their sexual liaison.

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service launched an investigation shortly after Master-Cpl. Bianka Langlois acknowledged she had an affair with Brig.-Gen. Daniel Menard in Afghanistan.

Brig.-Gen. Daniel Menard

OTTAWA -

The chief of the defence staff is battling immorality in the ranks as the former commander of Canada's troops in Afghanistan and a female subordinate face charges from their sexual liaison.

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service launched an investigation shortly after Master-Cpl. Bianka Langlois acknowledged she had an affair with Brig.-Gen. Daniel Menard in Afghanistan.

Menard, married with two children, faces two counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline under the military's fraternization regulations.

The 26-year veteran has also been charged with one count of obstructing justice and a separate count of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline.

Langlois has been charged with one count of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline, also related to military fraternization regulations.

A spokeswoman for Gen. Walter Natynczyk, chief of defence staff, said her boss is "very disappointed and seized by these incidents," including recent charges and investigations involving two other high-ranking military officers.

"He has reinforced the fact that leaders in the Canadian Forces are held to a high standard of values, morals and ethics," said Maj. Cindy Tessier.

"In each of theses instances, leaders who have failed to live up to the standards expected by the men and women in uniform under their command are being held accountable."

In speeches, briefings and meetings, Tessier said Natynczyk also speaks about the importance of unit cohesion and esprit de corps. He tells his officers that, while 99 per cent of Canadian Forces personnel are doing good work, "a leadership climate that undermines the tenets of professionalism, integrity, conduct and honesty" cannot be tolerated.

Military regulations bar soldiers - even married couples - from having intimate relations on deployment.

Organizations: Canadian Forces

Geographic location: Afghanistan, OTTAWA, Canada

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