Former Biggin Hill Airport flying school member jailed for five indecent assaults on children between 1969 and 1992
PUBLISHED: 10:41 27 December 2013 | UPDATED: 10:41 27 December 2013
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A former Biggin Hill Airport flying club member was jailed for two and a half years after admitting five counts of indecently assaulting children over four decades, police have said.
In a statement, the Met said the attacks on two boys took place between 1969 and 1992 while 76-year-old Benjamin Dix, of Frith Hill Road, Godalming, Surrey, was a member of the club.
He was handed a 30-month sentence at Woolwich Crown Court on December 20, and will appear on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life.
The investigation started in 2011 when police were contacted by a man who reported historical indecent assaults that occurred when he was a child.
Detectives from Sapphire launched an investigation and on November 9, 2011, Dix was arrested at his home address. He was subsequently charged in April 2012.
Det Const Paul Hill, from the Met’s Sapphire unit, said: “The two victims in this case were children when Dix assaulted them. They showed courage to come forward after so many years to tell us what happened to them.
“These were very disturbing assaults on very young children at the time.
“Dix thought he had got away with it, but the victims in this case were determined to see him brought to justice.”
Det Ch Insp Pete Thomas added: “Dix sexually abused two young boys who were vulnerable.
“This case may have happened many years ago, but in this case he was brought to justice because his victims came forward and they should be commended for overcoming their fears and disclosing these terrible crimes.
“With appropriate support from police and our partners, I urge other victims of sexual crimes to come forward and tell us what has happened to them.
“You will be supported.”