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Australian army hit by fresh sex scandal

world Updated: Apr 06, 2011 15:38 IST
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A young Australian army recruit filmed himself having sex with a female cadet and broadcast it live to his friends through Skype, in a fresh scandal to hit the military, already facing flak for its soldiers making racist comments.

The 19-year-old woman cadet who was not named moved a formal complaint against the fellow first year cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy complaining that she had consensual sex with the man, who secretly filmed the encounter and transmitted it to six other military students, Australian news agency AAP reported.

The woman had no idea that she had been filmed in bed till she was told by the Academy officials as photos of the lurid encounter flooded the defence institution.

"It was like my whole world came crashing down around me. I almost threw up", the girl told an Australian television network.

Police have registered a case and defence minister Stephen Smith has warned that anyone found guilty would face termination. He described the act by male cadet as betrayal of trust.

Australian defence forces have already been shaken by allegations of 'booze and predatory culture' among naval sailors and targeting of women in the force. A recent report revealed drunken misconduct by sailors on board a supply ship HMAS Success in 2009 in which military men maintained a illegal ledger which put dollar while use on sexual conquests of female colleagues.

Recently, Smith had to make a public apology after Australian soldiers serving in Afghanistan made racist comments about the country and its people.