Start of the trial of Major-General Dany Fortin for sexual assault in Gatineau
Major-General Dany Fortin was formally charged in the summer of 2021 by the Directorate of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions of Quebec (DPCP ) for a case that dates back to 1988.
The trial of Major-General Dany Fortin for sexual assault began Monday morning in Gatineau.
Accompanied by his spouse, Mr. Fortin arrived at the courthouse, wearing his military uniform and his medals in full view. He will be heard by Judge Richard Meredith.
The former responsible for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Canada was formally charged in the summer of 2021 by the Directorate of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions of Quebec (DPCP) for a case dating back to 1988.
The alleged facts allegedly took place between January 1 and April 30 of that year, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.
In his testimony on Monday, the victim explained that the assault took place at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean. Mr. Fortin allegedly forced her to masturbate him.
The identity of the alleged victim is protected by a publication ban.
The trial is scheduled to last two days and will take place before a judge alone.
Major-General Dany Fortin went to the Gatineau police station last August, where he was officially charged. He then told the media that he did not know the details of the allegation against him, except that the event would have taken place in 1988. He had maintained his innocence.
I am fighting against an invisible enemy, and it is the most difficult test of my career, he declared when he left the police station, in front of a group of journalists.
Even today, he maintains his plea of not guilty.
Major-General Dany Fortin was responsible for the COVID vaccination campaign -19 until May (archives).
Dany Fortin was ousted, in May 2021, from his position as head of the vaccination campaign with the Agence de Public Health of Canada, a decision he challenged and called a political calculation in the wake of past incidents of sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces.
If found guilty, Major-General Dany Fortin could be subject to an administrative review by the Armed Forces, which could have significant consequences for his career and lead to demotion or dismissal of the army.