Paedophile with links to child care at RAF Cranwell jailed

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A paedophile with connections to a child care facility and St John’s Ambulance has been jailed.

Simon Hildred, 32, from Ruskington, was jailed at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday.

He admitted five counts of indecent assault on a child under the age of 14, four counts of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13, one count of inciting gross indecency with a child, one count of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, possessing 27,890 indecent images of children and 10 counts of making indecent images of children.

Det Sgt Claire Hammond of Lincolnshire Police’s Public Protection Unit said Hildred was “involved with” RAF Cranwell Kidzone, Boys Brigade Sleaford, Army Cadets Sleaford, St John Ambulance, including working with EMAS and British Red Cross Fire & Emergency Support Service.

She added: “The victims have dealt with this horrific act throughout their childhood into adulthood.

“The effect on their lives has been overwhelming and they have had to deal with the transition to adulthood whilst carrying the effects of the offences this man has committed against them.

“We thank them for their strength in helping us ensure this man cannot continue offending against children and we hope the sentence today will play a part in helping them rebuild their lives.

“The length of a case like this poses its own issues for the victims and they have been dignified and supportive of the prosecution throughout. Without their voices we would not have been able to bring about this conviction.

“We hope his conviction and significant sentence demonstrates our commitment to tackling both contact and online offences relating to child abuse and the courts’ commitment to tough sentencing in this area.

“These cases leave a lasting impact on all those involved, including our officers. I’d like to thank the officer in charge of the case and the whole of the Public Protection Unit of Lincolnshire Police.

“Their dedication and professionalism will continue to put anyone who offends against children, now or in the past, before the courts.

“Through the offender’s working and social life he came into contact with a large number of children on a regular basis.

“We would urge any children or parents with any concerns relating to this case, to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”