Former Hucknall air training corps commander accused of sex offences against teenage girls

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The former commanding officer of an air training corps (ATC) in Hucknall has been accused of a series of sex offences against teenage girls.

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

Dodd (41), of Masefield Avenue, Holmewood, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, faces five charges, involving two girls aged 15, dating back to between 24th September 2005 and 25th September 2006.

Four of the charges relate to Dodd committing sexual acts or sexual touching in the town, whlle the other relates to 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 24th September 2005 and 1st May 2013.

Wearing a shirt and tie in court on Monday, Dodd spoke only to confirm his identity. He has yet to enter a plea to the charges.

The case was adjourned until Friday 4th July. Dodd was granted bail on condition that he does not have unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 16, does not contact the girls referred to the in the charges and does not visit the 1803 squadron.

Dodd joined the squadron as a boy and became its 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.