Soldier who raped 12-year-old jailed for 5 years

Soldier jailed at High Court. Picture: Comp
Soldier jailed at High Court. Picture: Comp
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A soldier who carried out the “devastating” rape of a 12-year-old girl was jailed for five and a half years today.

Stephen Watson had been out drinking pints in bars in the West Lothian town of Armadale before returning to the house where the schoolgirl was sleeping to consume wine.

Watson, 22, left the house after sharing two bottles of wine with another man but later claimed to police that he decided to return because it was too cold to walk further.

He got into bed beside the girl who recalled waking up and smelling drink from him before he began molesting her. At one stage he spoke to her about school and asked her if she had a boyfriend,

A court heard that Watson started to have sex with her and she remembered telling him to get off her and wriggling away before he stopped and got dressed. He told her not to tell anyone before he left the flat.

The victim cried and described that she did not know what to do, said advocate depute Richard Goddard.

But she confided in a friend at school that she had been touched sexually and the matter was reported to a teacher who contacted her mother, police and social workers.

Watson, formerly of Glencorse Barrack in Penicuik, denied doing anything wrong when police interviewed him, but a DNA match for him was found on samples taken from the victim.

He previously admitted assaulting and raping the girl on February 21 last year and sentence was deferred in the case until today for the preparation of a background report.