By AM980 Staff
A former Canadian Armed Forces medical technician appeared Monday in military court for pre-trial arguments on charges stemming from examinations he performed at Ontario recruiting centres.
Retired petty officer James Wilks faces one charge of sexual assault and seven charges of breach of trust involving six complainants related to incidents in London, Thunder Bay and Windsor.
The alleged incidents occurred between 2005 and 2009. None of the charges have been proven in court.
Wilks’s lawyer, David Hodson, says there is no merit to any of the allegations against his client.
Hodson says he intends to prove that once the court martial gets underway, either later this week or early next week.
The court martial is scheduled to run for three weeks, though Hodson says it could last up to six.
Wilks was previously found guilty of 10 counts of sexual assault and 15 counts of breach of trust and sentenced to 30 months in prison. The incidents involved 16 women at military recruitment sites who had received physical exams between 2003 and 2009. He has appealed that conviction.
A military judge also previously sentenced him to nine months behind bars in December 2011 after he was convicted of sexual assault and four counts of breach of trust in a separate case.
With files from the Canadian Press