According to paternity test results shared with Granthshala News, retired General Jonathan Vance gave birth to a child with Major Kelly Brennan — years after their sexual relationship ended — more than 99 percent of the time.
The test conducted by Vance analyzed the genetic material of one of the children alleged by him and Brennan, and found Vance’s child’s probability of paternity to be just shy of 100 percent.
“The alleged father cannot be ruled out as the biological father of the tested child,” the test results said. “Based on the analysis … the probability of paternity is 99.99991%.”
To protect the child’s identity, Granthshala News is not disclosing their age, but can confirm that the test appears to contradict Vance’s previous statements that her sexual relationship with Brennan ended while the couple Was stationed in Gagetown, NB in 2001.
Brennan testified before a parliamentary committee in April that Vance had fathered two children by her.
A paternity test for the second child found it unlikely that Vance was the father.
Granthshala News has reached out to Vance and his lawyers through several channels in recent days, but has yet to receive a response.
Major Kelly Brennan tells lawmakers that Vance said she was ‘untouchable’, gave birth to their 2 children
Granthshala News contacted Vance on February 1 about the allegations. Asked if he’s the father of a specific child by name, Vance said: “I’m not.”
Asked if he is the father of another specific child by name, he said, “I don’t even know who these people are.”
Both of Vance’s children were asked in February whether there were children in a paternity test.
Granthshala News contacted Vance before reporting on February 2 that he was facing charges of inappropriate behavior by two female subordinates. Brennan later identified herself as one of the women at the center of those allegations.
Vance denied any inappropriate behavior at the time and said that while he had had sex with Brennan in the past, the relationship ended while he was in Gagtown.
“Are you 100 percent sure?” Granthshala’s Mercedes Stephenson asked Vance on Feb.
“Yes,” said Vance.
Shortly after that phone call Vance was also asked: “Have you had no sex since 2001?”
“Okay,” replied Vance.
Granthshala News also asked him, “If the kids were DNA tested, wouldn’t they be yours?”
“I think so. I mean, yeah,” said Vance.
“But it’s a pretty obvious yes or no, isn’t it?” Stephenson asked again.
“Yeah, if DNA testing goes like this, yes,” Vance said.
Vance asks woman behind sexual misconduct allegation to ‘be clear on our story’ in call
Military police launched an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior against Vance on February 4 and charged him with obstruction of justice on July 15.
According to court documents, military police allege that between February 1 and February 3, Vance “repeatedly contacted Mrs. KB over the phone and attempted to persuade her to make false statements in the course of justice.” about his past relationship with the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, contrary to section 139(1) of the Criminal Code.”
While the charge was made by the military police, the court case is being handled by civilian authorities.
Vance is due in court on September 17.
Timeline: Canadian Forces Sexual Misconduct Crisis
The allegations against him triggered a reckoning for the Canadian military’s handling of sexual misconduct: specifically, the chain of command in maintaining standards of behavior for senior leaders and a “toxic” culture for women and LGBTQ members. Role.
Former Supreme Court Justice Mary Deschamps documented the scope of the problem in military sexual misconduct in her landmark 2015 report, but for six years, the Liberal government ignored her critical recommendation to create an independent reporting system.
Deschamps found that the chain of command reporting structure often encourages supervisors to sweep charges down the throat and create conflicts of interest when the individual accused is superior to the complainant.
While Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has said he supports an independent reporting system, he has offered no timeline for creating one and has not said whether he would amend the National Defense Act to allow the military to prevent sexual assault. or need to be handed over to the prosecution of sexual misconduct cases. to civil officials.
Former Supreme Court Justice Morris Fisch found in a June report that sexual misconduct remains as “massive” and “devastating” in 2021 as it was in 2015.
Lewis Arbor, another former Supreme Court justice, is currently leading an external review to provide advice to the government on creating an independent reporting system.
But a final report is not expected until approximately March 2022.