Former military commander pleads guilty to obstructing justice demands

The former Canadian military commander has pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice in the highest-profile case in the sexual misconduct crisis that has rocked the Department of Defense to its core.

Jonathan Vance was indicted by military police last summer in connection with an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

Vance appeared almost in an Ottawa court where he entered a guilty plea on Wednesday morning.

The judge accepted a joint request from the Crown and the defense and sentenced him to parole, plus 12 months of probation.

His lawyer, Rodney Sellar, read out a number of letters of support into court records. Vance, after being sentenced, chose not to speak in court.

The Canadian Forces National Investigative Service (CFNIS) filed one charge against Vance but gave no details.

CFNIS only said that the allegations relate to events that occurred after the military police began investigating Vance for alleged misconduct on February 4, 2021.

Provincial court documents allege that Vance “deliberately” attempted to obstruct justice by repeatedly contacting Major Kellie Brennan and attempting to persuade him to make false statements to investigators.

Brennan, a staff officer at army headquarters, told Global News last winter that he and the former chief of defense staff had an on-and-off intimate relationship. He later testified before a parliamentary committee and claimed Vance had fathered two of his eight children.

At the start of the controversy, speaking to Global News, he denied wrongdoing.

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