Ontario reservist pleads guilty to disgraceful conduct for pinning woman

A former navy reservist from Windsor, Ont., has been fined $2,000 and issued a reprimand after pleading guilty to disgraceful conduct for pinning a young woman down and trying to touch her as she told him to stop.

Lawyers at a court martial in Halifax today offered a joint submission recommending the fine and "severe reprimand" for 20-year-old Andreas Felipe Florian-Rodriguez, who was an ordinary seaman before being released last year.

He was charged with five offences under the National Defence Act, but an assault charge was withdrawn and he was found not guilty of sexual assault and conduct to the prejudice of good order.

Florian-Rodriguez pleaded guilty to another charge of conduct to the prejudice of good order for using several sexist slurs against another female reservist.

The court heard that in April 2016, Florian-Rodriguez was in a room at the Halifax base where he was taking a course with other reservists when he climbed on top of a young woman, pinned her arms above her head and tried to put his hand in her pants.

Prosecutor Maj. Dominic Martin told the small hearing room that the woman said she wanted him to stop and that he did so only when he heard a roommate approaching the area.

The woman did not address the court, but said later outside that it was difficult seeing him again though she was glad to have the case closed.