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Former military corporal found guilty in Esquimalt sex assault
VICTORIA -- A former Canadian Armed Forces corporal has been found guilty of multiple charges, including sexual assault and voyeurism, after investigators say they found several videos in his possession, including video of a sex assault that occurred at CFB Esquimalt in 2011.
Retired Cpl. Colin McGregor was charged in May 2017 after a search of his Washington, DC home by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service and local police led to the seizure of the electronic devices, according to the Department of National Defence.
At the time, McGregor was a resource manager and support clerk with the Canadian Defence Liaison Staff in Washington.
McGregor faced a court martial in Esquimalt on Monday, where he was found guilty of one count of sexual assault, two counts of voyeurism, one count of disgraceful conduct and one count of possession of a device for the surreptitious interception of private communication.
The voyeurism charges stem from secret video recordings McGregor was found to have made of a female Canadian Armed Forces member using his bathroom in the Washington, DC suburb of Alexandria, VA in 2016 and 2017.
He was also found guilty of making similar recordings of another female armed forces member in Victoria in 2011.
Both of McGregor's victims were present in the military courtroom Monday, and showed obvious signs of relief as the guilty verdicts were read.
"Sexual assault is very personal and extremely corrosive," military prosecutor Maj. Greg Moorehead said Monday.
"It's a very serious crime in the Canadian military."
All of the charges pertain to incidents the Defence department says occurred between January 1, 2011 and Jan. 20, 2017 in both Victoria and Alexandria.
"If he goes to jail, he will be transferred directly to the civilian system," Moorehead said.
Court proceedings will resume Tuesday with the reading of victim impact statements before judge Cmdr. Martin Pelletier.
McGregor is expected to be sentenced later this week.