Crime

Army recruiting sergeant guilty of sexual offences

Southwark Crown Court. Image: Google Street view.

Southwark Crown Court. Image: Google Street view.

A former soldier has been convicted of a string of sexual offences against a number of girls and women he recruited into the British Army.

46 year old Edwin Robert Mee from Croydon was convicted by a jury at Southwark Crown Court of one count of rape, two counts of ‘oral rape’ and 13 counts of sexual assault against 11 victims.

He’ll be sentenced on 12th June 2015.

The court heard that in his role as recruiting sergeant at Mitchum Road Barracks in Croydon, he was responsible for selection and recruitment of men and women applying to join the British Army.

The offences took place between January and September 2011 at the Croydon Barracks, as well as the cadet centre in Cheam.

The victims, who were aged between 15 and 25 at the time, were required to meet Mee in connection with their applications into the army.

In September 2011 an investigation was launched by the Royal Military Police Special Investigation Branch after they received an allegation of inappropriate conduct against Mee.

He was arrested by them on 29th September 2011.

The matter was subsequently referred to the Crown Prosecution Service who in turn passed it to the Metropolitan Police’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command for investigation.

Detective Inspector Keith Ward, Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said:

I would like to commend the victims for the courage and patience they have shown throughout this investigation and subsequent trial; not least in the face of being accused of lying.

Edwin Mee used his rank and status to intimidate and bully women applying to join the army, targeting those he believed would be too scared to report him.

This case highlights the determination of the Metropolitan Police and Military Police to thoroughly investigate allegations of this nature. I would encourage any victim of serious sexual assault to report the matter to police; we have trained specialist officers to deal with your allegations. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The jury was unable to reach a decision on one additional count of rape.

The court will sit on 12th May in order to decide whether there will be a retrial.

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