The Daily Telegraph - Saturday

RAF houses child rapist serviceman on military base

- By Benedict Smith Mail Daily Mail

THE RAF housed a child rapist on a helicopter base with its own community school.

Glenn Poyner, a 35-year-old air specialist and convicted paedophile, was given a property at RAF Benson, Oxon, despite objections from parents.

He admitted multiple child sex crimes in court earlier this month and is due to be sentenced in August. One victim included the relative of a colleague.

The serviceman was moved to the estate after he was threatened in the block housing he shared with colleagues, the reported.

Poyner is in the process of being discharged, but it is thought he is being maintained on full pay and will remain on the base until this is complete.

He has a curfew and tracking tag, and his property is patrolled by RAF police, the reported. But families in the area insist that he should not be allowed to stay on a base with children.

One parent suggested Poyner could use his “last months of freedom to strike

‘He should be behind bars. It is a disgrace that the air chiefs still haven’t kicked him out of the RAF’

again”. She told the newspaper: “He should be behind bars. It is a disgrace that the air chiefs still haven’t kicked him out of the RAF.”

The base is home to the RAF Benson community primary school, which caters largely to service families and teaches children as young as four.

Poyner was stationed at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire, a centre for pilot training, before being moved to RAF Benson.

On May 12 at Telford magistrate­s’ court, he admitted to four counts of rape, an indecent assault and other sexual activities with children over a threeyear period.

Poyner was granted bail ahead of a sentencing hearing scheduled for Aug 11, when he is expected to be jailed.

An RAF spokesman said: “We are aware that a service person residing at RAF Benson pleaded guilty to a number of serious sexual offences during a hearing at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

“The RAF is unable to comment on individual cases, nor offer comment while legal proceeding­s are ongoing.”

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