Two Australians charged over military sex scandal

Two young men were charged over a sex scandal at Australian military college.

Updated: Apr 30, 2011, 14:03 PM IST

Sydney: Two young men were charged Friday over a sex scandal at a prestigious Australian military college which led to a review of the treatment of women in the armed forces.

Canberra police said the two men, aged 18 and 19, were arrested early Friday at the Australian Defence Force Academy over the March incident, in which a female cadet was allegedly unknowingly filmed and broadcast having sex.

"Police will allege that... a female cadet was recorded without her consent engaging in consensual sexual intercourse," Australian Capital Territory police said in a statement.
Both men have been charged with using "a carriage service to cause offence", a crime which covers the abuse of any electronic communications service. The older man was also charged with an act of indecency.

They faced court Friday and were granted bail but ordered not to contact the complainant or other witnesses except in the course of classes at the academy, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

The Department of Defence said it had been advised of the arrests.

"As this is the subject of an ongoing police inquiry it would be inappropriate... to make further comment at this time," a spokeswoman said.

The arrests come after the 18-year-old female cadet took her story to the media, claiming she had sex with a fellow classmate who allegedly broadcast the encounter on Skype so his friends could watch.

The Australian Defence Force has since ordered several inquiries, including one into the treatment of women in the military.

Defence is also investigating a wave of complaints from former military members alleging sexual abuse, beatings and other misconduct within the force stretching back decades.

Bureau Report