The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) say that a member in Wainwright has been charged with sexual assault.

The charge is laid in response to an incident which was reported to military police at CFB Wainwright, Alta., in August 2018, involving a civilian member of the community. On August 29, 2018, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) was informed of the incident and assumed the file.

Cpl. Tyler Colin Gruchy has been charged with one count of sexual assault. The Forces say he’s a Regular Force member with the Wainwright Detachment of 3 Canadian Support Base Edmonton.

“The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service seeks to investigate and where appropriate lay charges based on factual evidence regardless of location in Canada or abroad. All members of the Canadian Armed Forces, whether they are part of the Reserve Force or Regular Force, are expected to serve [and] behave in a respectful and professional manner at all times,” says Lt.-Col. Kevin Cadman, commanding officer of CFNIS.

In a statement, he adds the forces has been mandated “to make the workplace environment safe from harmful and inappropriate sexual behaviour.” Gruchy is expected to make his first court appearance in Wainwright on March 21 as the case is now proceeding through the civilian justice system.