Outrage after predatory army corporal jailed for sexually assaulting and molesting teenage girls recruited as young as 16

THE MoD has been slammed after a predator trainer was jailed for a campaign of sexual assault and harassment.

Army Corporal Simon Bartram, 32, targeted teenage recruits, some as young as 16.


Simon Bartram jailed for 20 months after sexually assaulting 16-year-old girls

He sexually assaulted one at a training session and usually walked in on them when they came out of the showers naked.

The married father-of-one told a teenager: “I’d do a threesome with you and your mother”, praised another’s “nice bum and s*tch” and teased one to show him a tattoo on her bottom.

He was held for 20 months, but Emma Norton, of the Center for Military Justice, urged the MoD to do more to protect recruits.

He said: “Many times, we see her taking the smallest steps she thinks she can get away with at the expense of fundamental reforms.”

Bartram, of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, was accused of targeting six girls over nine months between 2020 and 2021 at a military college in northern England.

All were left “deeply distressed”, the court-martial in Catterick, North Yorks, heard.

One suffered from PTSD and another left the military.

Bartram, from Hull, denied 22 charges but was found guilty of nine and sent to the Military Correctional Training Center in Colchester.

He was also stripped of his rank and dismissed from the Army.

An army spokesman said: “The army has zero tolerance when it comes to sexual harassment and personnel convicted of a sexual offense will be dismissed.”