Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former B.C. Cadet Instructor Jailed and Banned from Military for Sex Assaults

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former B.C. Cadet Instructor Jailed and Banned from Military for Sex Assaults

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Former cadet instructor jailed for sex abuse

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ESQUIMALT, B.C. - A former deputy commander of a Victoria-based military cadet corps saluted a court martial judge Wednesday and promised to never again sexually abuse young people just moments after he was sentenced to 12 months in jail and banished from the Canadian Forces.

2nd Lt. Daniel Moriarity, 26, entered the military court as a captain, but Judge Lt.-Col. Louis-Vincent D'Auteuil demoted him to the lowest officer command ranking of second lieutenant, saying the once promising military reservist was being groomed as a commanding officer but had abused his power to fulfil his desires.

Moriarity was convicted of two charges of sexual exploitation and one charge each of sexual assault and sexual interference by a military court last October in connection with attacks on a 15-year-old boy at the Lt.-Gen. Ashton Armoury in Victoria and a 16-year-old girl at the Vernon, B.C., army cadet camp.

The court martial heard Moriarity met the girl when she was 13 years old at the Vernon cadet camp, which is attended by hundreds of cadets ranging in age from 12 to 19 years old.

The relationship included sexual intercourse and numerous email and video exchanges.

The court martial heard Moriarity aggressively pursued a relationship with a male cadet at the Victoria armoury. Moriarity's attempts at forming a relationship with the boy started in 2008 and included inappropriate online advances and attempts to touch the boy.

During Moriarity's sentencing, D'Auteuil said the victims are still emotionally dealing with the man's actions.

He said the female victim feels betrayed.

"She put all the trust she could in you and you let her down," D'Auteuil told Moriarity. "You took advantage of a vulnerable young person and you were committing a breach of trust toward her."

D'Auteuil noted the male physically fought off Moriarity to stop his advances. …

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