June 2017

Naval Cadets Corps petty officer admits sexual activity with underage girls

A naval cadet instructor who featured in this week’s episode of 24 Hours In Police Custody has been jailed for four and a half years for child sex abuse offences

Alex Johnston, 30, of Ennerdale Close, Bletchley was sentenced at Luton Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to five counts of engaging with sexual activity with a girl aged between 13 and 15.

Johnston started grooming two of his female cadets in 2013.

He sent them messages and built up a relationship with them before engaging in sexual activity with them.

He paid one of his victims £50 a month to stop her from telling people about the abuse, however, the victim contacted police in 2015 after doing a child safeguarding course and realised that Johnston had been taking advantage of her and abusing his position of trust

Johnston groomed the girls and engaged in sexual activity with them despite knowing they were under the age of consent.

The case involving Johnston featured in the 24 Hours In Police Custody episode ‘Their Time Will Come’ that was shown on channel 4 on Monday (12 June).