A Royal Military Police reservist from Essex has been jailed for 17 years for raping a girl of 12 who he groomed through BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).
Adrian Rose, 36, of Rochester Drive in Westcliff-on-Sea, had been found guilty of eight rapes, five counts of child abduction and one of grooming a girl.
Judge Stephen Holt, sentencing at Norwich Crown Court, said the grooming and rapes were “highly planned”.
He said BBM, where messages are quickly deleted, was useful for paedophiles.
Rose, who was based in Aldershot, was also banned for life from using social networks unless he informed police and gave them his password for the site.