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Ex-soldier jailed for sex assaults

A FORMER army officer who sexually abused his teenage sister-in-law a number of times and once while in the presence of his toddler son has been sentenced to three years.

The 49-year-old Meath resident, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his now 15-year-old victim, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four charges of sexual assault between March 1, 2010 and November 25, 2010 in both his and the teenager's home.

Judge Martin Nolan said because of the serious nature of the offences he had to impose a custodial sentence. He imposed a three-year term, with 18 months suspended for two years.