November 2013

Former RAF Lyneham sergeant jailed for sexually abusing children

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Former RAF sergeant Dean Faulkner who repeatedly raped a girl and sexually abused two other children has been jailed for 20 years.

Faulkner first coerced and then threatened the youngsters as he satisfied his ‘own perverted sexual desires’.

The 46-year-old was based at Lyneham, and living in Royal Wootton Bassett, when he carried out the abuse between 1997 and 2009.

James Newton-Price, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court how he befriended the first victim when she was aged just 12.

He regularly molested the child and when she was 14 he started to rape her, which happened on about ten occasions.

During that time he also made her perform other sex acts on him which only stopped when she was 16 or 17 and started getting boyfriends.

He then began to sexually abuse another girl, starting when she was aged 11 in 2004 going through to 2009, when she was 15 and he moved away from the area.

The final incident took place around New Year’s Day 2009 when Faulkner, who served for 22 years in the RAF, sexually abused a boy.

Mr Newton-Price said that he initially treated the young girls well, telling them that they were special, as he started the abuse.

But as they began to resist his attentions he also used threats to ensure their silence.

One he had been away from his former home one of the girls plucked up the courage to tell what had taken place.

And once the other two learned she had gone to the police they too spoke about what had happened to them.

Faulkner, now of Colwyn Bay, Wales, initially pleaded not guilty to all the charges but changed his pleas before a jury could be sworn on the morning of a trial.

And even then he said he wanted to change them back to not guilty and have a trial, but didn’t go through with the application.

He pleaded guilty to a multi-incident count of rape, meaning the offence happened more than once.

He also admitted three indecent assaults, two sexual assaults and two of sexual activity with a child. He pleaded not guilty to one count of rape.

Chris Smyth, defending, told the court his client now acknowledged what he had done and had been using his time in custody on remand to tackle the issues he has.

“I hope Your Honour can see the beginning of work to address the risk Your Honour has identified,” he told the judge.

He said he has a family which supported him and now worked as a electrician and restrictions on his liberty once he is released will make it hard to do domestic work.

Because of the dates of the offences he said he would have to serve two thirds of any sentence before he could be considered for parole.

Judge Douglas Field said he would take the rape of the first girl to be the lead offence in the sentence he imposed.

He said: “This offending went on for a considerable amount of time. In effect you corrupted her to satisfy your own perverted sexual desires. All the while you were prevailing on her to keep it a secret.

“The psychological damage to the three of them will be long lasting.

“I have decided that you are dangerous, but a long determinate sentence of imprisonment and a sexual offences prevention order are adequate to deal with the risk that you pose.”

As well as the jail term he imposed the sexual offences prevention order that means he must not have contact with children unless their parents know about his past.

It will run until further order and he is also banned from working with children and must register as a sex offender for life.

A restraining order was also imposed to ban him from having contact with the victims or their families.

June 2013

Man pleads guilty to rape of girl in Royal Wootton Bassett

A man who repeatedly raped one girl and sexually abused two other children has been warned he faces a lengthy jail term.

Dean Faulkner had been due to face trial accused of carrying out the string of offences between 1997 and 2009.

But before a jury could be sworn in on the first day of his trial at Swindon Crown Court, the 46-year-old pleaded guilty to eight of the nine charges against him.

Prosecutors said after speaking to the complainant in that matter, they would not seek a trial on it.

Faulkner raped the first child on a number of occasions between 1999 and 2003, when she was aged about 14 to 18 years old.

He also carried out sexual assaults on the youngster between the ages of 12 and 18 in Royal Wootton Bassett, where all of the offences took place.

The second victim was aged 11 to 15 years old when he carried out a series of sex attacks on her between 2004 and 2009.

She also said he raped her in autumn 2008, when she was 15 years old, which he denied and will be left to lie on the file.

The final incident took place around New Years Day 2009 when he sexually abused a boy.

Faulkner, now of Colwyn Bay, Wales, pleaded guilty to a multi-incident count of rape, meaning the offence happened more than once.

He also admitted three indecent assaults, two sexual assaults and two of sexual activity with a child. He pleaded not guilty to one count of rape.

Andrew Hobson, defending, said his client accepted he was facing a lengthy jail term and did not seek to have his bail renewed.

Judge Euan Ambrose adjourned the case to a date to be fixed so the probation service can compile a pre-sentence report and remanded him in custody.

He said “I make it clear that that is not for the purpose of considering anything but a custodial sentence.”