An Australian Defense Force Academy cadet was charged in Canberra on Friday for raping a fellow cadet while she was asleep. The ADFA released a statement, saying it is assisting the police and providing necessary support to those involved.
Jack Toby Mitchell, 18, from Campbell, was taken to the ACT Watch House by detectives after his arrest and was charged with sexual intercourse without consent. It was alleged that on May 28, he sexually assaulted the 18-year-old fellow Defense member while she was sleeping.
The Canberra Times reported that Mitchell’s lawyer called for the matter to be stood down until Friday afternoon as he sought bail for his client. The bail was not originally opposed by the prosecution when Mitchell appeared before the ACT Magistrates Court. But according to the lawyers since, the bail will be opposed.
It is not the first time that the ADFA has come under the scanner for a sexual assault case. Harlan Agresti, a 19-year-old-cadet, was charged with sexually assaulting two women in June 2013 and February this year, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
In 2011, a group of cadets watched an 18-year-old female cadet having sexual intercourse with a fellow cadet from a nearby room via Skype. Cadet Daniel McDonald was sacked by the ADFA for filming himself having sex and broadcasting it so others can watch it, the ABC reported.
In 2014, more than 160 officers and soldiers were punished for being a part of a “Jedi Council” which filmed women having sex and shared the images among them. The network used the military email system for sharing pornographic images of women without taken without their knowledge and consent, the Australian reported.
The series of sex offenses within the ADFA promoted the then-Army Chief David Morrison to release a warning to all personnel in 2013 via YouTube that intimidation and assaults of women will not be tolerated, ABC said.