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British Airways pilot charged with 25 sex crimes

British Airways pilot accused of using role to facilitate child sex offence

23 September 2014

Bournemouth Crown Court has heard allegations that a British Airways pilot used his job to meet underage boys in Chennai, India.

50 year old Bartle Frere from Abingdon in Oxfordshire is accused of "arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence" against underage boys in India, as well as the abuse of two boys in the UK.

The pilot is alleged to have used a false name to book hotel rooms for meetings with the boys and lavished them with money and gifts.

At the hearing Elisabeth Bussey-Jones for the prosecution read aloud some of the messages Frere had sent the boys in India. These included:

"I want a hug and have a bath with you and cuddle you in bed," Bartle Frere wrote.

"Have you found any other boys you can bring to my hotel? Will you find me a boy?”

"Please send me some sexy photos - I want to see all of you. I love you, you look really hot.”

Summarising the chats, Miss Bussey-Jones said: "The conversations indicate Mr Frere was meeting these boys during the course of his role as a British Airways pilot and flying to various locations, including India.”

Bartle Frere was arrested on November 10 last year when he returned from a flight to Bangkok.

The court heard how shortly before landing in Thailand, Mr Frere had searched on his mobile phone "Where do you pick up underage boys in Bangkok?”

Frere denies a total of 25 sex charges including indecent assault; one count of indecency with a child and two charges of buggery.

Nichola Marshall solicitor from Leigh Day, the law firm representing foreign victims who allege they were sexually abused by another British Airways pilot, Simon Wood, who committed suicide in August 2013, said:

“We are following the case closely and we are looking into the allegations being made in this country and in India against Mr Frere.”

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