Calgary Herald

Sex scandal hits Australian army


The Australian military was hit by a scandal Wednesday after a young army recruit allegedly filmed himself having sex with a female cadet and broadcast it via Skype to his friends.

Defence Minister Stephen Smith said, if proven, he could not imagine a greater “betrayal of trust,” after the 18-year-old woman at the elite Australian Defence Force Academy went public with her claims. She told the Ten Network she only became aware of the incident when she was contacted by Defence investigat­ors who were alerted by another cadet.

The woman, known only as “Kate,” alleges she had consensual sex but, unknown to her, her partner had set up webcams in the room with six of his friends watching the feed nearby. Still photos were also taken and had circulated at the academy, Australia’s premier college for military recruits.

“It was like my whole world came crashing down around me,” she said.

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