The commander of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command will be replaced after it came to light that he wrote a letter in support of an officer convicted of sexually assaulting Analise Schamuhn, a fellow officer.

The Department of National Defense on Friday announced that MG Peter Dawe, who commands Canada’s special operations command, will be replaced next week. He was scheduled to rotate out of his command this summer.

“The acting chief of the defense staff Wayne Eyre, as well as Minister of Defense Harjit Sajjan, retain confidence in Dawe’s ability to continue to serve Canada,” a released statement from the department said.

“However, the pain of his letter of four years ago persists for those impacted. We must always put victims’ considerations first.”