Sol­dier jailed for hor­ror sex at­tack on teen

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A FOR­MER sol­dier has been jailed for sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a 16-year-old girl who he de­vel­oped a fas­ci­na­tion with.

Paul Dardis tried to have sex with the girl af­ter per­suad­ing her to let him give her a mas­sage shortly af­ter her 16th birth­day, Ex­eter Crown Court was told.

Dardis is a for­mer mem­ber of the Light In­fantry who was work­ing as a driver at the time of the at­tempted rape.

Dardis, 47, of South Brent, Devon ad­mit­ted at­tempted rape and was jailed for five years and eight months.

Judge Phillip Was­sall told him: “It is clear you started hav­ing fan­tasies about the girl and they built up to the point where you planned to rape her. You waited un­til she turned 16 and made a con­certed ef­fort to do so.

“This was a hideous of­fence, es­pe­cially when you read her vic­tim im­pact state­ment and the ef­fect on her. She was ter­ri­fied.”

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