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Army recruiter guilty of rapes


Edwin Mee is accused of bullying and grooming young victims

Edwin Mee is accused of bullying and grooming young victims

Edwin Mee is accused of bullying and grooming young victims

An army recruitment sergeant has been found guilty of sex attacks on young female recruits.

Edwin Mee, 46, abused his power to "bully and groom" young female cadets before pouncing on them.

His campaign of abuse began by spanking women on the bottom and escalated to raping a vulnerable recruit.

He was found guilty of carrying out sex attacks on seven victims after a trial at London's Southwark Crown Court.

He was convicted of 10 sexual assaults, two rapes and one count of assault by penetration.

Mee showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out.

He was found not guilty of three counts of sexual assault.

Jurors, who retired to consider their verdicts on Tuesday last week, are still deliberating on four counts of sexual assault and one of rape.

Mee, a divorced father-of-five from Glasgow, carried out a campaign of sex attacks on women aged from 16 to their early 20s between 2010 and 2011.

He would stay later at the careers centre and conduct interviews with applicants out of hours to "deliberately'' target his victims.

He asked a 16-year-old if she had body piercings and wanted to see the piercing in her tummy.

Later he slapped her bottom and when she complained, told her: "It's you who needs the Army."

Another of his victims told how she saw Mee as a father figure before he raped her.

Prosecutor Rosina Cottage said: "The implication is clear - put up or shut up.

"This is a pattern of bullying sexual behaviour that was repeated again and again to the female cadets to make them feel that he had power over them and control over their future."

Mee disregarded normal Army interview procedures to keep the complainants to himself and "gauge their vulnerability", she said.

He would speak to them about sex, touch them and in the most serious instance commit rape, Ms Cottage said.

She added: "A number of the complainants in this case were young black women, born outside the United Kingdom.

"Whether the defendant believed that this gave them a vulnerability in relation to their immigration status, or gave him an excuse to pretend that he had some power over them, the inference that the prosecution say can be drawn is that he deliberately targeted these young women.''

Mee denies all 21 charges against him.

The jurors will return to continue their deliberations tomorrow.

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