An army sergeant attached to the Royal Military Police has been jailed for 17 years after being found guilty of grooming a 12-year-old girl so she could meet him to have sex.

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Adrian Rose, 36, who was previously based with the army in Aldershot, but now of Rochester Drive, in Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex, had denied seven counts of rape, six charges of abducting the girl and meeting a child following sexual grooming.

But following a trial at Norwich Crown Court last month, it took a jury less than two hours to find Rose, of St Omars Barrack, Thornhill Road, guilty of all 14 counts.

Rose was sentenced this afternoon by Judge Stephen Holt who also made him the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) for life. He was also put on the sex offenders register for life.

The court had heard Rose made contact with the girl in Norwich through messaging on their Blackberry phones and he then arranged to come to Norwich to meet up with her before having sex.

But the relationship was discovered when police saw a car being driven by Rose parked on the Broadland Business Park in Norwich on February 19 last year, and when they investigated, found Rose was in the car with the girl.

Judge Holt had previously commended both officers for a “brilliant piece of good old fashioned policing” and said if they had not stopped, more children could have been “damaged” by Rose.

For full story see tomorrow’s paper.

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