Former Sergeant Major Timothy Jones has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail, after sexually assaulting a lesbian soldier at a party.

The former Warrant Officer, 40, assaulted the victim at a barbecue at RAF Hullavington, Wiltshire in May last year.

The victim had been drinking with Jones, her partner and colleagues from the 9 Theatre Logistic Regiment.

The father of two later sent a text to a friend saying: “Lol. I’m lying between two lesbians, what should I do?”.

After which the victim woke up to find Joseph had undressed her and was between her legs assaulting her.

Sentencing Jones, Assistant Judge Advocate General Alan Large said: “The Army expects soldiers to drink alcohol appropriately and you failed to uphold those standards on the night of the offence.

“We do not think you had sex on your mind when you went back to the room but as the sexual temperature rose that night and as you consumed more alcohol, to put it bluntly, you decided to try your luck.”

In her statement the victim said: “When the incident initially happened I thought about killing myself because I couldn’t cope. I was angry, upset, depressed, I couldn’t deal with it.”

The victim now has severe problems with anxiety and is taking anti-depressants, according to her statement.

Jonathan Simpson, defending Jones said he wanted to “confront the monster that he was that night so it doesn’t happen again.”

Judge Large and a panel of senior officers judging the case decided to reduce Jones’ sentence by six months because of a history of good service.

After joining the army in October 1990, Jones served for 23 years, serving in Northern Ireland, Rwanda and Yugoslavia.

On the guilty verdict being passed, his wife Stacy, 36, broke down, and screamed: “You promised me you didn’t do it.”

Jones was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.