The Investigation Service in the Canadian Armed Forces has charged a Cold Lake-based soldier with a variety of sexual abuse charges. Officials from the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service say the charges stem from an Internet-based incident on July 3rd.

Corporal Jean-Francois Paquette is a member of 4 Mission Support Squadron at CFB Cold Lake. He now faces six charges under the Criminal Code of Canada, including luring a child under 16 years of age and making child pornography.

Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Cadman is Commanding Officer of the CFNIS. He says the case was investigated as fast as possible.

“I’m proud of the excellent work of our investigators in quickly responding to a reported incident of child luring. Allegations involving youth at risk are particularly concerning, and these charges reflect our ongoing commitment to safeguard our communities.”

Cadman says the CFNIS teamed up with Alberta Integrated Child Exploitation Unit, the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams and the MPs at Cold Lake on the investigation.