Last updated at 2:41 PM on 19th November 2011
A former SAS soldier who served in Iraq and Afghanistan has been convicted of a string of horrific sex crimes against children.
Ian Tuckley, 32, from Hereford, was found guilty of abusing two young girls over a number of years.
The twice-divorced father of two, was convicted of 15 offences, including rape, following a trial lasting almost three weeks.
Jurors at Worcester Crown court found him guilty of raping and assaulting a girl aged between six and nine years old from 2006 to 2009.
He was also convicted of six counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault against another victim between 1996 and 2007, when the girl was aged between four and 15 years old.
Tuckley, of Farran Avenue, Credenhill, who served with the Royal Welsh Regiment and the SAS, lured one victim to his bedroom by promising to show her one of his guns before raping her, according to prosecutors.
On one occasion, he offered one of his two alleged victims sweets in exchange for sexual acts.
Tuckley was convicted alongside his brother-in-law, Martin Finney, from Walsall, West Midlands.
Finney, a paramedic, of Lord Street, was found guilty of 17 offences against one of Tuckley’s victims.
The 40-year-old was convicted of three counts of indecent assault, 12 counts of rape, and one count of assault by penetration.
He was also found guilty of one count of administering Entinox gas with intent to engage in sexual activity.
Jurors took 11 hours to convict the men, who had denied the charges.
Both were arrested in October last year after a complaint by one of the victims. They were brought to trial following a joint investigation by West Midlands Police and West Mercia Police.
Detective Sergeant Tim Powell, from West Mercia Police’s territorial policing unit in Herefordshire, said: ‘We are satisfied with today’s verdict and are very pleased that Ian Tuckley will now serve a significant custodial sentence.
‘It is reassuring to know that he is now likely to remain in prison for a considerable period of time and that the danger he posed has ended.
‘This case was a complicated one to investigate and I cannot praise the young victims and their families highly enough for their bravery and determination during the course of our investigation.
‘I would personally like to thank the victims and those that supported them for the patience and dignity they have shown through what has been a long and complex criminal justice process.’