North Glengarry man fined and on probation for impersonating soldier

A North Glengarry man has been sentenced for impersonating a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. 

On September 3, Simon de Rothschild, 50, was fined $1,000, a $300 victim surcharge, and sentenced to 18 months of probation. He was arrested by the Ontario Provincial Police on September 28, 2018, and first appeared in court in Alexandria on April 3, 2019. De Rothschild had been observed wearing a Canadian Army uniform, while attempting to establish a cadet corps independent of the official SD&G Highlanders cadet corps. 

De Rothschild had been charged under Section 419 of the Criminal Code of Canada, which states it is an offence to unlawfully wear a military uniform. He has also been ordered to forfeit objects associated with the committing of the crime. 

Charges against de Rothschild under Section 131B of the Criminal Code were withdrawn. That section states it is an offence to represent oneself to be a peace officer or public officer, and that if a person is not a peace officer or public officer, it is an offence to use a badge, uniform, or equipment that is likely to make others believe they are such an officer. 

Stolen Valour Canada, an organization which attempts to expose examples of unlawful representation of the armed forces, symbols, and medals, had been pursuing the de Rothschild case. 

James Morgan

James Morgan is a freelance contributor. He has worked for several print and broadcast media outlets. James loves the history, natural beauty, and people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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