British Army sergeant groping a discharged female soldier

Adam Porter

Adam Porter, 42, was discharged from the army after the attack (Image: Solent/PA)

A sergeant has been dismissed from the British Army after putting his hand on a female soldier’s dress before squeezing her bottom one night.

Adam Porter, 42, had downed a bottle of wine and several tequila shots and opened a bottle of port in a pub as soldiers from the regiment enjoyed their first post-Covid working party.

Intoxicated, the father-of-four spotted the woman – who can’t be named for legal reasons – in a knee-length, flowing dress and told her, “You’re going to get me in trouble.”

Bulford Court-Martial in Wiltshire heard him then say, “It feels good, doesn’t it,” as his hand “disappeared” on her leg, pinching her left buttock.

Porter then told the “shocked” woman, who was younger than him, “I shouldn’t have done that, I shouldn’t.”

The victim had work the next day and didn’t want to “get too drunk” that night.

‘It was at the bar when we were drinking shots. I spoke to Porter beforehand, which was a normal conversation,” she said.

Staff Sergeant Porter at Bulford Court Martial

Staff Sergeant Porter at Bulford Court Martial (Image: Solent News)

“Then he pointed to some of the females there and said, ‘I’m going to finger them.’

‘He was drunk. He slurred his words, staggered and didn’t act in character.

‘Then Porter said ‘I’ll fuck you’ [to me]. He said, “You’re going to get me in trouble.” I think it was a flirtatious way… that I had to stay away from him.

“When everyone left it was just me and Porter standing shoulder to shoulder at the bar.

“I was standing in front of the bar and he put his hand on my dress. Then I felt him squeeze my butt and then he took his hand away. I remember him grinning at that.”

She said Porter pressed her left buttock with his right hand for “two or three seconds.”

“It was skin contact,” she emphasized. “He pulled his hand away and said, ‘That feels good, doesn’t it?’

“Two seconds later, he quickly said, ‘I shouldn’t have done that, I should’ – because he knew it was wrong. I was a bit shocked and didn’t know what to do.’

A formal complaint was not raised until three months later, when one of her friends told a senior official.

When asked why she hadn’t complained earlier, the soldier said she “didn’t trust” her chain of command at the time, saying they were mostly men, friends and “cliquey”.

Porter told the court he “remembered” no contact between the two that night and insisted it never happened.

After two hours and 45 minutes of deliberation, a panel found him guilty of sexual assault.

Judge Advocate General Darren Reed condemned him, saying: “Servants have little choice where and with whom to serve.

“Sex offenses undermine the bond of trust between those who serve together. You put your hands on a subordinate’s dress.

“In that stupid drunken moment, you subverted the standards expected of you.”

Porter will complete 35 sex offender rehabilitation sessions and 80 hours of unpaid work over the next 12 months.

He was also handed a three-year community service order for the sexual assault.

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