A soldier from Northampton has been given a three-year community order after he admitted sending text messages of a sexual nature to a young teenage girl.
Jack Davies, aged 23, of Hunsbury Green, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after pleading guilty to a charge of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
The court heard Davies sent the girl hundreds of texts during a three-month period in 2014.
Stephen Kemp, prosecuting, said some of the messages contained graphic sexual references and Davies also sent a topless picture of himself to the girl.
Mr Kemp said Davies continued to send messages even after the girl told him to stop contacting her. He said the messages contained references to meeting up but Davies never actually met the girl.
Nick De Freitas, mitigating, said his client had been in the army for two years and had sent the messages to the girl when he was “bored” in barracks in Wales.
Mr De Freitas said: “My client fully accepts that what he did was wrong and he should not have acted in this manner.”
His Honour Judge Timothy Smith said Davies was a soldier with a “distinguished” record of service in the army, including a tour of Afghanistan
Judge Smith said Davies must complete a three-year community order, which includes finishing the sexual offender behaviour programme. Davies will also be on the sex offenders’ register for the next five years.