Former soldier raped and sexually abused teenagers

A former soldier who raped and sexually abused teenagers after chatting to them online has been jailed.

Roland Lamin befriended the young women on social media, Bristol Crown Court heard.

After arranging to meet them he forced himself on one and sexually assaulted two others in his car.

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Lamin, 31, of no fixed address, denied wrongdoing.

A jury convicted him of rape, two sexual assaults, inciting the sexual exploitation of a child and breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order .

The offences happened in 2018.

Judge Michael Longman jailed him for seven years today (Thursday, October 7)

He told Lamin: “All the offences form a pattern of predatory behaviour towards girls considerably younger than yourself.

“You met them on social media before meeting them in person.”

The court heard Lamin was found guilty of meeting and raping an 18-year-old in his car near Bristol.

He was also convicted of sexually assaulting teenagers aged 17 and 18 in Bristol.

Another offence involved him meeting a 14-year-old girl, in breach of a court order.

And he was also found guilty of inciting sexual exploitation of a girl aged 16 by messaging her via Instagram and offering her money to “chill and have a good time”.

Sarah Morris, prosecuting via video link, read the court several personal statements from complainants in which they expressed how the assaults left them feeling anxious and stressed.

One told how, as a result, she had had several failed relationships as well as nightmares and flashbacks.

Another wrote how she was left feeling scared of men and meeting new people worried her.

Lee Sergent, defending, said his client met the rape victim on an internet dating site.

He described the complainant as “not particularly vulnerable”.

He said Lamin met the 14-year-old girl briefly and they had just gone for a walk.

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