Recruitment sergeant is guilty of 13 sex attacks
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.