Corporal thrown out of army for sexually assaulting female soldier
Royal Military Police corporal breaks down in tears as he is thrown out of the army for sexually assaulting female soldier by putting his penis on her shoulder
- Corporal Edward Gadd, 30, asked the woman for sex but she turned him down
- He then put his penis on her shoulder while trying to ‘bargain’ for other sex acts
- Cpl Gadd sobbed as he was kicked out of the military and reduced to Private
A Royal Military Police officer wept in court as he was dismissed from the Army for sexually assaulting a female soldier by putting his penis on her shoulder.
Corporal Edward Gadd, 30, asked the woman for sex and, after she refused, tried to ‘bargain’ with her to carry out other sex acts.
The woman told the court martial that after turning down his suggestions, she saw Cpl Gadd’s penis out of the corner of her eye as he touched her shoulder with it before trying to get her to rub it.
She also accused Cpl Gadd, of the Army Training Centre Pirbright in Woking, Surrey, of groping her breast and slapping her bottom but he was found not guilty of sexual assault on these two charges.
At Bulford Military Court, Wiltshire, Cpl Gadd sobbed as he was kicked out of the military, reduced to the rank of Private and handed a three year service community order including requirements of 220 hours unpaid work and attendance on a rehabilitation course.
Corporal Edward Gadd asked the woman for sex and, after she refused, put his penis on her shoulder
At Bulford Military Court, Wiltshire, Cpl Gadd sobbed as he was kicked out of the military, reduced to the rank of Private and handed a three year service community order
Judge Advocate Jane England said: ‘You have served nearly ten years in the Army and it is a shame you couldn’t apply the same professional and personal qualities we have heard about to your personal life.
‘You had potential to go further… however you have committed a sexual assault on a fellow soldier.
‘This goes against everything in the values and standards and everything the Army stands for.
‘We are in no doubt your behaviour has damaged the reputation of the armed forces.’
Lieutenant Commander Matthew Poulsom, prosecuting, read a statement by the victim, who said she has felt ‘anxious, nervous and scared’ since the incident.
She said: ‘I stopped going to my flat at weekends because I was scared he might turn up and I felt safer staying on camp.
‘Whenever someone knocked on my front door I felt uncomfortable.
‘I have since had nightmares about [him] kidnapping me and torturing me.’
Stephanie Painter, representing Cpl Gadd, told the court he had been an ‘exemplary soldier’ who was ‘determined to stay in the British Army’.
She added ‘his worst case scenario would be being placed on the Sex Offenders Register, he has told me that would be world ending’.
Stephanie Painter, representing Cpl Gadd, told the court he had been an ‘exemplary soldier’ who was ‘determined to stay in the British Army’
As a result of the three year community order, Cpl Gadd will be subject to provide details to the police as a convicted sex offender for five years.
The three day trial, held in January this year, heard Cpl Gadd started ‘bargaining’ with the victim after she rejected his initial sexual advances.
The court heard he offered to leave her alone for four weeks if they had ‘full sex’ or three weeks for oral sex.
The trial had heard Cpl Gadd and the woman were friends at the time and that day he was at her home while she was kneeling in front of a mirror that was propped against her bedroom wall.
Prosecuting, Commander Peter Barker said: ‘He reached again from behind her and squeezed her breast, she noticed around 30 seconds later the tip of his penis by the right side of her face on her shoulder.
‘She moved forward and turned around and saw he had pulled his penis out of his trousers and it was erect. He tried to make her move her hand on his penis and she told him to get off.’
The woman told the court: ‘I was facing towards the wall and he was just sat on the bed. He said we should have sex and I said no.
‘He then started bargaining with me with sexual acts that became less intimate. I said no to all his suggestions.
‘I saw his penis to my right side. He was not fully naked but it touched my shoulder.
‘He had pulled his trousers down. I saw it in my peripheral vision and I turned around at that point and said ‘get off’ but he tried to rub my hand on there. So, I pulled it away.
‘I told him it was unacceptable behaviour.’
She told the court he then went to her bathroom and she confronted him about his actions when he returned.
In a conversation she recorded in a video, she asked him ‘do you know what was wrong with what you did?’ and he replied ‘everything’.
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