Former BA pilot sentenced to 12.5 years for sexual offences

17/06/2015

A former British Airways Pilot, Bartle Frere, has today been sentenced to 12.5 years' imprisonment at Bournemouth Crown Court for sexually abusing a 12 year old boy between 2001 and 2003. He was also sentenced for offences of attempted voyeurism and of making and possessing indecent images of children between 2007 and 2013.

Following sentencing, Ian Harris, Head of the Complex Casework Unit for CPS Wessex said: "Bartle Frere, until being investigated by Dorset Police, was a pilot for British Airways and was living in the village of Shipton Gorge, Dorset.

"The jury at Bournemouth Crown Court heard how he befriended and then sexually abused a boy who was 12 years old when the abuse started in 2001. The abuse continued for three years, with Frere often giving the boy money and gifts after sexually abusing him.

"It was also the prosecution case that for almost six years, from 2007 until 2013, he communicated with a further boy in India via email. These emails suggest that he met the boy and that they discussed future meetings, which appear to have taken place. The jury was shown the emails, in which Bartle Frere asked the boy to find other boys, and for a picture of a naked boy to be sent to him.

Dorset Police's examination of his computer investigation also revealed indecent images of a number of Indian children and showed that he had actively searched for paedophile websites on the internet.

"We would like to thank all those who assisted the police investigation and, in particular, those who gave evidence. Their courage and determination has contributed greatly to the successful prosecution of someone who poses a very significant risk to young boys."

Bartle Frere was found guilty on 16 June at Bournemouth Crown Court.