A RAAF firefighter who had sexual intercourse with teenagers under his care while acting as an Australian Air Force Cadets instructor has been jailed for a minimum 14 months.
Christopher Robert Adams, 25, was sentenced late Thursday afternoon in Newcastle District Court by Judge Roy Ellis.
The mother of one of Adams’s victims at a cadet camp at Wagga in 2013 welcomed his jailing and urged other victims of sex offences to come forward.
“I’m glad its penal servitude,” she said.
“If it was anything less I would have been gutted.
“This sends a strong message for other girls saying there is justice in the world if they come forward and face up to these creeps and watch them go away.”
The mother said Adams’s victims read statements to the court saying how the offences had affected them.
“They were great, they did it so proudly,” she said.
She said Adams also went into the witness box and admitted his crimes.
“He said he was sorry for what he did to the victims and their families,” she said.
“It’s too little, too late.”
The mother said she thought her daughter was also delighted with Adams going to jail.
“I don’t think it has sunk in yet,” she said.
Adams was handed a head sentence of two years, with 14 months’ non-parole.
The Department of Defence this week confirmed Adams, who was most recently serving at RAAF Base Tindal at Katherine in the Northern Territory, had been sacked.
Adams had no association with the Australian Air Force Cadets in Wagga apart from coming to the city for a camp.
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