Soldier jailed for horror sex attack on teen
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.”