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Former soldier propositioned schoolgirl with seedy texts

A former soldier who propositioned a schoolgirl in a series of seedy text messages has walked free from court

Lee Nendick was repeatedly told by the teenager that his advances were not welcome – yet still he continued.

Nendick, from North Yorkshire, admitted inciting a child to engage in sexual activity at an earlier hearing.

The court heard that among the sordid messages sent to the girl was a picture of Nendick’s private parts.

Nendick, of Manor Grove, Colburn, Catterick Garrison, was given a three-year community order with supervision.

He was also ordered to pay £300 costs and put on a three-month electronic tag curfew from 8pm to 6am.

Judge Peter Bowers told him: “This was wholly inappropriate and unsolicited behaviour by you

“She showed more maturity and common sense than you did. She gave no reason to believe that your approaches would be welcome.

“What you did at the time obviously caused her to be distressed, and fortunately she had the sense to reject your persistent advances.”

He added: “I accept that you served in the Army with some distinction, and you now bear the psychological scars for the horrors you witnessed.

“That does not excuse what you did, but it raises issues that need to be addressed.”