Prison guard was a ‘creep’

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A SUDBURY funeral director is alleged to have sexually assaulted female warders when he worked as a guard at a military jail.

Ex-Sergeant Ronnie Thom, 43, appeared at Colchester Court Martial Centre in Merville Barracks charged with seven offences of sexual assault and one of exposure against three fellow soldiers.

Another two charges involved an inappropriate relationship with a female prisoner.

The attacks were alleged to have taken place between September 2009 and May 2010, when Thom, a member of the Military Provost Staff, was a non-commissioned officer at the Military Corrective Training Centre in Colchester, the country’s only military jail.

The court martial heard that the married father of three had tried to force a kiss on a woman in the centre’s bedding store and exposed himself, having previously shoved her against an office wall and forcibly kissed her.

Thom, who denies the charges, had no previous convictions and a clean disciplinary record from his 25 years in the army before he left in May 2011, after which he is believed to have worked as a funeral director for Hunnaball of Sudbury.

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