Soldier and brother-in-law convicted of string of child sex offences

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An former-SAS soldier has been convicted of a string of sex crimes against children.

Ian Tuckley, 32, from Hereford, was found guilty yesterday of 15 offences committed over a number of years after a trial lasting almost three weeks.

Jurors at Worcester Crown court found him guilty of raping and assaulting a girl aged between six and nine years old from 2006 to 2009. He was also convicted of six counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault against another victim between 1996 and 2007, when the girl was aged between four and 15 years old.

Tuckley, of Farran Avenue, Credenhill, was convicted beside his brother-in-law, Martin Finney, from Walsall in the West Midlands.

Finney, of Lord Street, was found guilty of 17 offences against one of Tuckley’s victims. The 40-year-old was convicted of three counts of indecent assault, 12 counts of rape, and one count of assault by penetration. He was also found guilty of one count of administering Entinox gas with intent to engage in sexual activity.

Both were arrested in October last year after a complaint by one of the victims. They were brought to trial following a joint investigation by West Midlands Police and West Mercia Police, with cooperation from the Ministry of Defence.

Detective Sergeant Tim Powell, from West Mercia Police’s territorial policing unit in Herefordshire, said: “This case was a complicated one to investigate and I cannot praise the young victims and their families highly enough for their bravery and determination during the course of our investigation.

“I would personally like to thank the victims and those that supported them for the patience and dignity they have shown through what has been a long and complex criminal justice process.”

Tuckley, a twice-divorced father of two, and Finney were remanded into custody for sentencing on December 9.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “I can confirm that on November 17 2011, a serving soldier was convicted of multiple sexual offences including indecent assault, at a Worcester Crown Court. All those who are found to fall short of the Army’s high standards or who are found to have committed an offence under the Armed Forces Act are dealt with administratively (up to and including discharge) or through the discipline process, as appropriate.”