Note: Although the offences do not relate to children aged under 16, this offender is clearly a danger to young females.

May 2015

Jailed: Rapist army cadet instructor who preyed on cadets

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A south London army cadet instructor who raped and sexually assaulted women cadets as young as 17 has been caged for seven years.

Pervert Jan Ross, 27, believed his victims would be “too scared to report him” for his sick behaviour, which took place in 2013 and 2014.

Ross, of Bridle Road, Croydon, was today convicted on three charges: causing or inciting a female to engage in sexual activity; sexual assault; and rape.

The cadet training instructor had been “responsible for the training and development of the cadets within his unit in south London,” police said.

He set upon his three victims – all of whom were younger than him – while they were Territorial Army cadets in south London.

Det Insp Nicola Arrowsmith from the Met’s sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command said: “I would like to commend the victims for the courage and patience they have shown throughout this investigation and subsequent trial.

“Jan Ross held a role that enabled him to target young women he believed would be too scared to report him.

“I would encourage any victim of serious sexual assault to report the matter to police. We have trained specialist officers to deal with your allegations.