April 2016

Army cadet staff sergeant abused vulnerable schoolgirls

AN ARMY cadet staff sergeant is behind bars after sexually abusing two schoolgirls.

Father-of-three Colin Davies groomed the youngsters before encouraging them to engage in sexual activity with him.

Now the 31-year-old – described by a judge as a ‘predatory sexual beast’ – has been jailed for five years.

Prosecutor Andrew Baker told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court that one of the defendant’s victims confessed to a friend that she had performed a sex act on him.

Mr Baker said on one occasion Davies took the girl to a tunnel where he encouraged her to perform a sex act on him before he performed a sex act on her.

Davies was arrested and told police: ‘I am a man. I will take my punishment. I will take it on the chin’.

The court heard a second girl came forward and told police the defendant had touched her intimately.

She said the defendant made contact with her on Facebook and they started to message each other. They exchanged naked pictures of themselves to each other.

Mr Baker said: “He continued to ask for indecent pictures and asked her repeatedly to visit him at his home.”

The court heard the girl went to his home and performed a sex act on him. The defendant was re-interviewed.

He admitted contacting the second victim on Facebook and told officers he saw himself having a relationship with her when she was old enough.

Davies, of Westbourne Drive, Tunstall, pleaded guilty to six offences of sexual activity with a child and one offence of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Barry White, mitigating, said the defendant is angry and disappointed with what he has done.

Mr White said: “He realises he has no future outside the prison walls. He realises he has ruined his life and that of his two victims.

“He fully accepts everything he has done. He is remorseful. He can only apologise for his actions.”

Judge David Fletcher made Davies the subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order which prohibits him from befriending any child under 16. He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Judge Fletcher said: “This is a very concerning case.

“You recognised the girls you were grooming were young and vulnerable.

“To persuade yourself that what you were doing by sexually abusing and assaulting them was making them happy is an example of warped thinking, the kind of which I have not come across on many occasions.

“They were children. You have left behind two children whose lives have been ruined.

“I have read statements from both of their mothers. They make harrowing reading. They talk about the effects your behaviour has had.

“One mother talks of her daughter’s childhood being ripped away from her.

“That is exactly what happened. It was all for your own selfish sexual gratification.

“It really is one of the worst examples I have seen of this sort of grooming behaviour.

“You clearly are a predatory sexual beast. You are a predator.”