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Military officer sexually assaulted colleague and threatened to sell her nudes

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As well as threatening to distribute the photos, the man also groped her over her jeans (Picture: PA)
As well as threatening to distribute the photos, the man also groped her over her jeans (Picture: PA)

A Royal Military Police officer sexually assaulted a female soldier and threatened to sell nude photos of her.

Lance Corporal Blake Hewer sent the woman a message saying ‘nudes for sale’ with two laughing face emojis and another saying ‘there are photos on my Snapchat’.

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As well as threatening to distribute the photos, the man also groped her over her jeans while the pair were watching TV and kept trying to kiss her.

The female soldier told a court martial she was ‘scared’ by the threatening messages, as Hewer was trying to control her and get her to speak to him while she tried to avoid him.

Hewer, of 3 Royal Military Police 158 Provost company, denied the sexual assault, claiming he simply kissed her on the cheek to reassure her as she was ill.

But he was found guilty of sexual assault and threatening to sell her nude photos, having previously admitted to sending a text with intent to cause distress. He is now set to be sentenced on November 18.

Blake Hewer is set to be sentenced on November 18 (Picture: PA)
Blake Hewer is set to be sentenced on November 18 (Picture: PA)
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During the trial, prosecutor Graham Coombes said the ‘nudes for sale’ text message was a direct threat to his victim.

The court heard how he sent another text saying: ‘ngl (not going to lie) there are photos on my Snapchat.’

Mr Coombes added: ‘That is another threat to suggest he is going to sell or distribute nude photos of her if she does not do what he wants her to do.’

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The pair had been conversing about items belonging to Hewer – including Jack Wills clothes, some Vans and Harry Potter tickets, the court heard.

It was then, that Hewer sent her the text reminding her he had photos on his phone, which the woman had previously sent to him.

Mr Coombes said the female soldier was unwell when Hewer groped her, within three months of one of his threatening text messages.

The woman told the court: ‘He started to try and kiss me. I was not kissing him back and I do not know how he did not get that I did not want to do it.

‘I said “no” after a bit as it took time to clock what was going on. Then he got funny about the fact I was telling him to get off me. Then he went after that when I told him to get out.’

The woman told how Hewer, who was based at Bulford Camp, Wiltshire, was sending her the threatening messages in a bid to control her and get her to speak to him again as she was avoiding him.

She said: ‘It scared me because if I did not do what he says and keep speaking to him he may do something and I did not want to risk that.

‘We worked together; he knows people I work with. How embarrassing is that and it is scary.’

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