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Soldier carried out sex attacks on girl in Arbroath

A soldier has been convicted of a series of sex attacks on a nine-year-old girl.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Bombardier Riaan Hardy carried out the assaults over two months in 2009.

The 35-year-old was only arrested last year after the victim told her mother when she noticed the teenager had been self harming.

Hardy - based at RM Condor in Arbroath, Angus - pled guilty to using lewd and libidinous behaviour towards the girl.

The court heard that the abuse happened between 1 July and 3 September at a house in Arbroath. This included Hardy making his victim watch pornographic material.

'Unblemished' record

He told the girl not to tell anyone.

After the girl told her mother what happened in late 2014, police spoke to Hardy at his army base and he later went on to make "full and frank admissions".

Frances Connor, defending, said Hardy had an "unblemished" military record which involved tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The advocate asked for bail to be continued but judge Lord Kinclaven told Hardy: "You are now convicted of a serious sexual offence against a nine year-old child. You will be remanded in custody."

Sentencing was deferred until next month for reports.

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