Gagetown soldier facing sex charges found dead
Charges of sexual assault, sexual exploitation of a minor were pending against Martin Mercier
The death of a soldier from CFB Gagetown who was facing possible sex-related charges is being investigated by the RCMP.
A military official confirms the body of Martin Mercier was discovered at his home near the 5th Canadian Division Training Centre, formerly known as Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, on Monday.
Mercier, 48, had been taken into custody by the RCMP on Feb. 1.
Charges of sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor were pending against him.
RCMP refused to confirm whether Mercier was facing any charges.
A spokesperson would only say the death of a 48-year-old man from Rusagonis is being investigated and that foul play is not suspected.
Mercier was a reservist warrant officer.
He had joined the army in 1985 and served in Afghanistan, Rwanda, Somalia and Cyprus.
Officials could not confirm whether Mercier was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Department of National Defence expressed condolences to Mercier's family and friends in a statement issued on Wednesday.
"The loss of any soldier is difficult for the military community and our condolences go out to his family and friends," it said.
"The death did not take place on DND property and is currently under investigation by the RCMP. As such, it is inappropriate for us to comment on the investigation."
The military will assist the police in their investigation, as required, the statement said.