Sailor testifies he woke up to a superior sexually assaulting him
A sailor has told a military court he woke up in his bunk to a superior performing oral sex on him while a navy destroyer was visiting Spain in 2015.
The leading seaman was testifying Wednesday in Halifax at the standing court martial for Master Seaman Daniel Cooper, accused of sexual assault and ill treatment of a subordinate.
The man, whose name is protected by a publication ban, says he and Cooper returned to HMCS Athabaskan after having a few drinks with other crew members in Rota, Spain, on Nov. 9, 2015.
He says the men had a few more drinks in the mess and eventually went to bed around 1 a.m. on Nov. 10, 2015 - but he woke up about three hours later as someone was performing oral sex on him.
The man says it was dark and he couldn't see, but the person performing the act was repeating a sexual phrase to him, and he recognized the voice to be that of Cooper, a naval communicator at Canadian Forces Base Halifax.
He became emotional in the courtroom as he spoke about fearing for his safety and attempting to alert a crew member in the bunk below him - but he said his pleas for help went unanswered.
The junior sailor eventually told his alleged assaulter he ``was not gay,'' to which he replied, ``Oh, sorry,'' and left.
The alleged victim immediately reported the incident to his superiors.
He told the court he never invited Cooper into his bunk or consented to oral sex.
Cooper has pleaded not guilty to both charges.