On 5 April 2012, a Royal Military College Duntroon (RMC) Cadet was arrested and charged with alleged sexual offences.
The Australian Defence Force Investigative Service has been and is continuing to assist the Australian Federal Police in its investigation.
As the matter is before the Courts, it is not appropriate for Defence to make further comment or to speculate on the investigation, charges, court proceedings or possible outcomes.
As is appropriate, the RMC Commandant, Brigadier Luhrs, has indicated that the alleged offences are abhorrent and entirely at odds with the values he and his staff strive to teach to the future leaders of the Australian Army. These remarks reflect the strong views expressed in recent times by the Chief of the Army, LTGEN Morrison, about the need for ongoing cultural change.
Defence's response to this incident has been and will continue to be consistent with the principles contained in the Pathway to Change cultural change program released by the Secretary of the Department of Defence and the Chief of the Defence Force last month.
Brigadier Luhrs, his staff and the leadership of the ADF will continue to support all parties involved in this incident.
Mr Smith’s Office: Sacha Fenton (02) 6277 7800 or 0467 784 528
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