Nord Mensah will be the subject of a court martial in Victoria. The former Acting Commander is facing multiple charges from 2015. (Royal Canadian Navy)

Nord Mensah will be the subject of a court martial in Victoria. The former Acting Commander is facing multiple charges from 2015. (Royal Canadian Navy)

Mensah found guilty in CFB Esquimalt court martial

Former acting base commander had a sexual relationship with someone directly under his supervision

Nord Mensah has been found guilty of having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate, following a sexual relationship with a woman directly under his supervision in 2015.

The former CFB Esquimalt Base Logistics Officer received a severe reprimand and a $2,500 fine payable in $500 instalments over five months. Mensah was silent while the judgement was read after pleading guilty to the charge of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline. The other two charges he faced — disgraceful conduct, and conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline — were dropped, following a joint submission.

“We saw two main aggravating factors, one was his position as a commanding officer which is a prestigious position within the military,” said prosecutor Lieutenant-Commander Saloumeh Torani. “You could say it’s a lynchpin position within the military context”

The infractions were reported to have taken place between between Aug. 13, 2015 and Sept. 5, 2015, and Mensah did not report the relationship as is required under the National Defence Act.