Norwich judge commends police after British army sergeant found guilty of grooming girl so she could meet him for sex

PUBLISHED: 18:22 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 21:05 12 February 2013

A judge has commended two officers for a “brilliant piece of good old fashioned policing” after an army sergeant attached to the Royal Military Police was found guilty of grooming a 12-year-old girl so she could meet him to have sex.

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, it took a jury less than two hours to find Rose, of St Omars Barrack, Thornhill Road, guilty of all 14 counts.

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 Stephen Holt, who adjourned sentence until Friday, February 1 for reports, commended both officers in court and said if they had not stopped, more children could have been “damaged” by Rose.

Speaking after the verdict, investigating officer Det Con Steve Graves, said: “The victim in this case is a very shattered young girl, but she is determined to get on with her life. Rose is a predator who has denied his actions throughout, which meant the girl had to relive the traumatic events which have happened to her in order to bring him to justice.”

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