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Captain with Air Cadets charged with sexual offenses against children

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A captain with a reserve squad working with Air Cadets faces nine charges, including assault with a weapon and sexual interference, Ottawa police say.

Adrian Schmid, 47, was charged Tuesday following an investigation into sexual assaults that police say took place between January 2020 and June 2022.

The alleged offenses were committed against two children under the age of 16 at the man’s home in the rural Richmond area of ​​Ottawa, police said.

Police say Schmid was a captain within the Cadet Organization Administration and Training Service (COATS), a branch of the Canadian Forces Reserves that partnered with Air Cadets in Ottawa.

He met one of the victims through the program, police said.

“When the Ottawa Police Department notified us of the arrest and investigation, the member was immediately advised to cease all Cadet Program activities and contact with cadets,” said Daniel Le Bouthillier, head of media relations for the Department of State. National Defense and the Canadian Forces.

“Additional administrative action in relation to this paragraph is underway.”

Schmid started the program in 2003 and has worked with COATS for about 19 years, according to Le Bouthillier.

Le Bouthillier said all adults in direct contact with cadets adhere to a high standard of conduct and should undergo police records checks and a screening of vulnerable sectors every five years.

Schmid is charged with two counts of sexual interference, two counts of assault, three counts of solicitation to sexual contact, assault with a weapon and making sexually explicit material available to anyone under 16.

He is due to appear in court on Wednesday.

You may contact the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Department at 613-236-1222, extension 5944, or by email at [email protected]

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