Royal Navy sex pest groped three sailors in a five-hour alcohol-fueled frenzy

A Royal Navy sailor was fired today for sexually assaulting three male colleagues after getting drunk on a cold-weather survival expedition.

Leading Seaman Jodie McSkimmings, 31, straddled a sailor and pinned him to a bed before sexually assaulting him and fiddling with two others in a ‘drunken ride’, court martial declared .

McSkimmings committed five offenses in the span of five hours after drinking at least six cans of beer and a bottle of wine, demanding kisses from his male colleagues, refusing to take a no for an answer, then attempting to undress them .

In addition to the three sexual assaults, she also attempted to sit on a sergeant’s lap before hitting him, then punching a corporal in the face while holding a can of beer.

McSkimming tried to unzip one of his victim’s pants


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Prosecutor Lt. Col. Michael Culver said her first victim saw her “drink a bottle of wine” before inviting her to one of the rooms during the deployment.

Lt. Col. Culver told Bulford Military Court Wilts: “After about five minutes of normal conversation [McSkimmings] then began to repeatedly and explicitly seek not only a kiss but also sex with him.

“He told her repeatedly that he refused and said she was drunk.

“She continued to straddle him nonetheless, using her body weight to pin him to the bed.

“She kissed his mouth and put her hand inside his t-shirt to try to unbutton his pants.

“She put her hand on his buttock.

“He objected several times, then she stopped but started cursing at him.”

The court heard that she then invited another male colleague into the same room where the first sexual assault took place.

She was fired from the Royal Navy and ordered to do unpaid work at Bulford Military Court


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Lt. Col. Culver added: “He refused but she insisted and he granted her request in order to keep her calm.

“Again she first asked for a kiss, he said no and he had a girlfriend.

“She kept repeating and persisting in demanding kisses.

“She said ‘it’s just me and you here and nobody needs to know that.’ He said ‘that’s not the point, I don’t want to’.

“He said he was going to leave and she placed her left hand on his crotch.

“He said ‘what are you doing’ and asked her to get off him and she left the room mumbling after that, leaving him shocked.”

Later that evening, at around 7:30 p.m., McSkimmings, who was based at HMS Neptune, the shore-based facility of HMNB Clyde, was taking a quiz in the mess.

The court heard that she had tried to sit on another colleague’s lap, but told her he “was not impressed”.

Lt. Col. Culver added: “(The colleague) describes a 100% punch in the lower back. He asked her what it was and she said,” I’m gonna fuck you crazy about piss. me’.”

The NCO told her to calm down, but then she turned her attention to Corporal Stewart Duggans.

The court heard: “She looked at him for two seconds and hit him in the face with a hand in which she was holding a can of beer.

“She hit him with enough force to completely crush the can of beer, distributing beer all over his face and clothes.”

Later that evening, around 9 p.m., McSkimmings entered the bedroom of another male colleague.

The court heard that she sat on his bed and tried to “push him around”.

Lt. Col Culver added: “She started trying to unzip her pants and he objected, saying he had a girlfriend.

“He pushed her hand away and she tried to grab his zipper two more times.

“He felt shocked and confused and uncomfortable. She finally stopped and stood up, walked out of the room and in doing so she said ‘fuck you then’.”

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She admitted three charges of sexual assault, one charge of battery and use of violence against a senior officer.

Mitigating, James Cassels said McSkimmings was in a “head-on” car crash in December 2019 and was therefore “vulnerable”.

He described her history of mental health issues, including depression, and said she was still struggling with this at the time of the incidents due to “misogynistic bullying” from her colleagues.

He said: “It’s a pretty depressing case for me to deal with and I’ve dealt with a lot.

“She was the only woman to date them… she felt isolated… she felt belittled.

“People were sexually abusive, verbally and misogynist and it undermined her confidence to such an extent that she felt totally isolated.”

He explained that she had made a visit to the museum that morning and had drunk about six beers before returning to the camp, where she drank a bottle of wine and the incidents began.

Sentencing her, Judge Advocate Alistair McGrigor said: “For a period of five hours you were and remained so intoxicated that you had no recollection of the events.

“This is a very serious matter, both sexual and violent in nature. We accept that your male colleagues have been behaving badly which has dramatically altered your sanity.

“You say you drank to block the misery you found yourself in, but you did it on purpose.”

She was fired from the Royal Navy and ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid labor and 20 days of rehabilitation.