From today's Sun Porn corporal keeps job By JOHN KAY Chief Reporter A PERVERT Army NCO court-martialled for having child-porn pictures on a computer was allowed to keep his job, it was revealed yesterday. Corporal Mark Messenger, 32, was fined £1,000 and ordered to be put on the sex offenders’ register for five years. But he was NOT removed from his post or even demoted — instead being granted two weeks’ special leave for stress. Last night the decision by a military court in Germany was greeted with anger by other squaddies, who accused the Army of a cover-up. One said: “He should have got the boot at once. NCOs are the backbone of the British Army and they cannot be paedophiles.” Messenger, of the Royal Regiment of Wales, was first caught with images of children aged between seven and ten when he was on a tour of Kosovo two years ago. A comrade discovered them while he was away on leave from his job looking after the financial accounts of the officers’ and sergeants’ messes. Twice-married Messenger, who has a child of his own, was given a “slap on the wrist” and ordered to remove the pictures. But they were found again on his computer during a mess function when he was based in Sennelager, Germany. This time a fellow NCO called Military Police who seized Messenger’s laptop and searched his home. He was warned he could be facing jail before he appeared at the court martial in Osnabruck this month. But after pleading guilty to five charges of possession he escaped with the fine and sex offenders’ order. An Army source said: “Court martials are completely independent and decide the appropriate penalties. It should be remembered some people caught with child porn as a result of Operation Orr were only cautioned.” But Bob McLachlan, former boss of Scotland Yard’s Paedophile Unit and now head of the charity Child Protect, said: “This man should have been dismissed. I would also like to know if the German police were informed.” The MoD confirmed Messenger’s court appearance but had no other comment. The Royal Regiment of Wales was formed in 1969 but dates from 1689. One of its predecessors, the South Wales Borderers, “starred” in film epic Zulu. Sounds like someone fcucked up.