Re­cruit­ment sergeant is guilty of 13 sex at­tacks

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A WAR vet­eran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan was yes­ter­day found guilty of sex­u­ally abus­ing seven young women who dreamt of join­ing the Bri­tish Army.

Sgt Ed­win Mee, 46 ( at­tacked the re­cruits af­ter swap­ping the ex­cite­ment of the bat­tle­field for a “dull” job as a deskbound re­cruiter.

Mee used the screen­ing process to iso­late his vic­tims at an Army ca­reers cen­tre in Croydon, south Lon­don.

He “gauged” the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of cadets who were born over­seas and then “kept” them to him­self so he could sex­u­ally abuse them.

Mee at­tacked one young woman from Sierra Leone af­ter trick­ing her into be­liev­ing her visa sta­tus de­pended on him – even pre­tend­ing to ring the Home Of­fice mo­ments be­fore rap­ing her.

Glaswe­gian Mee also pounced on five other re­cruits who he spanked on the bot­tom.

Mee was found guilty of 10 counts of sex­ual as­sault, two counts of rape and one count of as­sault by pen­e­tra­tion.

He was cleared of three counts of sex­ual as­sault.

Ju­rors at South­wark Crown Court con­tinue to de­lib­er­ate on four more counts of sex­ual as­sault and a fur­ther rape charge against four com­plainants.

Mee looked in­cred­u­lous as the ver­dicts were read and was heard mut­ter­ing, “What the f**k?” and “you’re f**king jok­ing me.”

He had rub­bished his vic­tims’ ac­counts, brand­ing one woman he raped a “time waster” and blast­ing an­other’s story as “ab­so­lutely lu­di­crous”.

Mee hounded one “shy” 17-year-old re­cruit, de­mand­ing to know if she was a vir­gin be­fore smack­ing her bot­tom.

And he bragged to one of his rape vic­tims, “I am from the Army, I can do any­thing”.

Mee joined the army when he was 24 and served for around 19 years be­fore he was med­i­cally dis­charged in April 2014.

He had fought in war zones across the world, but found his new post in­ter­view­ing re­cruits in Croydon “dull”.

Mee, for­merly of Croydon, but now living in Scot­land, had de­nied 17 counts of sex­ual as­sault, three counts of rape and one count of as­sault by pen­e­tra­tion.

Trial con­tin­ues.

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