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Military officer suing DND over 'false and malicious' sex assault claims to get promotion

Military officer suing DND over 'false and malicious' sex assault claims to get promotion
From CBC - March 17, 2018

A high-ranking military officerwho is suing National Defence for making "false and malicious" sexual assault allegations against himhas been promoted and will take up a significant overseas assignment, CBC News has learned.

It was announced Friday in the latest promotions list that Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker will be elevated to the rank of full colonel and appointed as the deputy chief of major operations at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

His lawsuit against both the defence department and the armed forces, which alleges military police were negligent, is ongoing.

Stalker, who as commander of the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, was charged with a series of offences in 2015, including sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

The allegations involved a military cadet in Edmonton and related to events that allegedly took place between 1998 and 2007.

He was relieved as battalion commander after being charged and released on bail.The Crown in Alberta dropped all of the charges against him in the fall of 2016, saying there was no "reasonable likelihood of securing a conviction."

Stalker insisted from the beginning that he was innocent.

Stalker seeking $8M in damages

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