Ex-ATC chief on child sex charges

The former commanding officer of an air training corps (ATC) has been accused of sex offences against teenage girls — and possession of indecent images of children at Eastwood.

James Dodd, who reached the rank of flight lieutenant with the 1803 (Hucknall) squadron of the ATC, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday.

Dodd (41), of Masefield Avenue, Holmewood, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, faces five charges, involving two girls, dating back to between September 24, 2005, and September 25, 2006.

Four of the charges relate to Dodd allegedly committing sexual acts or sexual touching, while the other relates to an allegation of inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity.

Neither of the girls, who are now adults, can be named for legal reasons.

He is also accused of possessing two indecent photographs of children at Eastwood between September 24, 2005, and May 1, 2013.

When he appeared in court, Dodd spoke only to confirm his identity.

He has yet to enter pleas to the charges.

The case was adjourned until Friday July4 . Dodd was granted bail on condition that he does not have unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 16 and does not contact the girls referred to in the charges.

Dodd became the squadron’s commanding officer in 2009, taking over from Wing Staff Officer Sue Evans.

In April 2007, he was one of ten representatives of the squadron who met Princess Anne when she visited Nottingham.