The Birmingham Crown Court discovered Mr. McLeod had sent some messages to the young girl that acknowledged the abuse in an attempt to prevent her from reporting the crimes. McLeod initially denied the claims.
McLeod who’s from Birmingham, said in the messages that his reputation would be ruined if people found out about the incidents with the girl, which occurred between 2015 and 2016.
McLeod said to the girl his career as a pilot would be lost and he’d go to jail.
McLeod appears to still be in his uniform in a mug shot taken by the West Midlands Police.
McLeod confessed to the sexual assault and rape and was put in jail on Friday, November 8.
McLeod was given a seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence and is required to be subjected to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order upon his release.
DC Stewart Garratt who works for the West Midlands Police’s Birmingham Child Abuse Protection Team gave a statement and said, “For a child to speak out and report sexual abuse is a huge deal for them and I commend the bravery of this young girl for confiding in someone.”
“It’s for these sorts of crimes involving children that we have a dedicated specialist department with officers specially trained to help young people through the judicial process.”
“I’ve no doubt that the voice of this child has stopped other children being targeted.”