A CADET instructor has been jailed for 11 years for sex attacks on girls.
Glen Stanbury raped one victim and sexually abused two others.
The 29-year-old former army soldier denied one charge of rape and three of sexual activity with a child but was found guilty by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.
Judge Penny Moreland told Stanbury his victims may never recover from his actions.
She added: “The impact on the complainants cannot be overstated.
“What you have done has caused them enormous damage, damage from which it is unlikely they will ever recover.”
Judge Moreland said Stanbury, of Oak Avenue, South Shields, must sign the sex offenders register and will be barred from working with children for life.
Tony Hawks, defending, said Stanbury comes from a “respectable and caring” family and has a good background.
Judge Moreland said Stanbury was of “previous positive character”.
The judge told him: “You come, I accept, from a good and respectable family and distress will be caused to them by what you did.”