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Shilo soldier guilty of peeping incident

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BRANDON -- A Canadian Forces Base Shilo soldier has been sentenced to 12 days in military jail for disgraceful conduct after an incident in a women's changing room at the base recreation centre.

One of the victims said the soldier masturbated while watching two women in the changing room. They spotted him after they changed clothes, and it's possible he saw them naked.

"It's super-violating... you're just there for somebody else to look at to do what they want to do," said the woman who asked to remain anonymous.

Lori Truscott, CFB Shilo's public affairs officer, confirmed Bradley Bennett, a gunner with the First Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, was found guilty of disgraceful conduct under the National Defence Act. The 24-year-old was sentenced at the conclusion of a summary trial before his commanding officer at CFB Shilo Monday. Bennett will serve his time at the Edmonton Detention Barracks, a military jail, but he remains a member of the military.

He joined the Armed Forces relatively recently, Truscott said, and CFB Shilo is his first posting.

Monday's hearing was closed to the public, said Truscott, who added she couldn't go into specifics about the May 2 incident.

One of the victims described her ordeal to the Brandon Sun.

She said she and a friend had just finished changing into workout clothes in a women's changing room at General Strange Hall, the base recreation centre.

The women had fully undressed before putting on their workout clothes, and the victim said she was reaching for her shoes when she saw a shocking image in a mirror -- a man in sweatpants masturbating as he stood in the shower area.

She and the intruder made eye contact and the man ran off.

Centre staff was notified and blocked the exits until military police arrived. MPs found the man hiding in a washroom.

The victim identified the man as the one responsible.

Bennett denied he was masturbating.

His arrest came amid a series of reported "lewd" acts committed by men at Shilo and in Brandon.

There's no indication this incident is linked to the others.

Another soldier was charged in relation to an incident in Brandon, and that matter remains before the courts.

 

-- Brandon Sun

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 22, 2012 A3

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