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Sergeant's 'texts offering sex'
Bombardier Kerry Fletcher
Miss Fletcher has been in the Army for 10 years
A woman sergeant has told an employment tribunal how she and a lesbian soldier received text messages from a male sergeant suggesting they all had sex.

Sgt Louise Ashman was giving evidence at a discrimination case begun by Lance Bombardier Kerry Fletcher.

The 31-year-old claims she was picked on because of her sexuality.

She said she was humiliated at the Army stables in North Yorkshire where she worked after she ignored explicit text messages from a male sergeant.

Sgt Ashman told the hearing in Leeds she met Miss Fletcher,who lives in Birmingham but is originally from Sheffield, at an Army function and they became close friends.

She was introduced to Miss Fletcher's sergeant and said she got the impression "that he fancied me".

'Two blondes together'

Sgt Ashman, who is also gay, said she and Miss Fletcher, who has been in the Army for 10 years, then began to receive text messages from the sergeant suggesting they had sex together.

"The text messages were about Kerry and I having a sexual relationship. I can recall some said: 'Two blondes together, I wish I was there' and I would reply with something like: 'You're only jealous'," she said.

"He would also suggest that Kerry and I take part in sex with him together and he even suggested that his girlfriend also joined in."

She described how Miss Fletcher did not take the text as a joke and that both women eventually got fed up with the messages.

The sergeant then began criticising Miss Fletcher's girlfriend at the time, claiming she was "ugly", added Sgt Ashman.

She said that led Miss Fletcher to "break down in tears" and that she would often call her telling her "the segeant had been picking on her again".

Sgt Ashman denied the allegation that she and Miss Fletcher had indulged in a sexual act in the stables, saying she was simply comforting her friend with a cuddle because she was upset.

The tribunal continues.

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