Army Training Instructor Charged with Sex Attacks on Two Deepcut Recruits

By Keeley, Graham | The Evening Standard (London, England), July 8, 2003 | Go to article overview

Army Training Instructor Charged with Sex Attacks on Two Deepcut Recruits


Keeley, Graham, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: GRAHAM KEELEY

A FORMER military training instructor has been charged with raping and sexually assaulting two young recruits at Deepcut barracks in Surrey, where four soldiers have died in controversial circumstances.

Les Skinner, 45, faces one charge of male rape and five counts of indecent assault. The charges are not connected to any of the soldiers whose deaths are being investigated by police.

Relatives of the dead soldiers have claimed there is a widespread culture of bullying at Deepcut and at other Army barracks, and are demanding a public inquiry into the affair.

Skinner, who was charged yesterday by the same Surrey Police team investigating the deaths at the camp, has been dismissed by the Army after facing disciplinary procedures.

He served in Northern Ireland until 1994. He was transferred to the Deepcut camp where the offences are alleged to have taken place between 1996 and 1997. The two victims of the alleged offences at Deepcut were 17 and 18 when it is claimed they were subjected to a series of sexual assaults.

Skinner, from Lincolnshire, was a private serving with the Royal Logistics Corps, whose HQ is at Deepcut. He has been released on bail to appear before Guildford magistrates on 15 July. …

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