Court martial begins for former petty officer
GATINEAU, Que. - A court martial begins today for a former military medical technician charged with sexual assault and breach of trust involving 18 women over a six-year span.
James Wilks, a petty officer second class who is now retired, is charged with 11 counts of sexual assault and 18 counts of breach of trust under the National Defence Act.
The charges allege inappropriate medical exams at Ontario military recruitment sites in Thunder Bay and London from 2003 to 2009. None of the allegations have been proven in court.
It's the second time Wilks has faced a court martial.
Wilks also faces separate civil lawsuits that claim the military didn't act on reports about his alleged conduct.
Three women filed statements of claim with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice alleging that Wilks sexually assaulted them during physical exams for recruits at various National Defence installations in Ontario.
A fourth woman, identified in court documents as R.W., last year filed a similar civil claim against Wilks. It alleges he touched her breasts and pressed his groin against her during a recruitment medical exam in 2009 in Sarnia, Ont.