All charges have been dropped against a prominent member of Edmonton’s military community. In 2015, Lieutenant Colonel Mason Stalker was charged with ten sex-related counts after allegations concerning a military cadet. He was suspended from duty at that time.
In August of 2016, three of the charges were dropped during his preliminary hearing. Friday, the remaining seven charges were dropped after a request from the Crown Prosecutor.
Lieutenant Colonel Stalker says he had always maintained his innocence and is reassured that due process resulted in the withdrawal of the charges.
“I am very grateful for my partner, family, friends and colleagues, who have always known I’m innocent and stood by me through this nightmare. Nothing has made me more proud than to serve the soldiers of the Canadian Forces: a privilege I take seriously. Although I may not be a commander anymore, I’m still a leader and I have always, and will always, believe in treating others with dignity and respect.”
He said after 23 years of being a soldier he is looking forward to getting back to serving his country. (eb)