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Ex-RAF officer guilty of sex abuse

A former RAF officer has been found guilty of 23 sex offences against boys at a German base in the early 1980s.

Ex-intelligence officer and Scout master Eddie Graham, 63, admitted abusing nine boys at RAF Gatow in Berlin.

A court martial at Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire found him guilty of attacks on four more.

Graham will be sentenced on 10 November, when the judge is expected to hear victim impact statements.

The BBC’s Jon Brain said Graham “looked impassive” as the verdicts were read out, but some of his victims “started sobbing quietly”.

MP Tessa Munt said the military should now be included in the upcoming government inquiry into historic sex abuse in public institutions.

RAF Squadron Leader Nicholas Card, senior investigating officer in the Graham case, said the RAF took sex abuse allegations “very seriously” and was “dedicated to investigating them thoroughly”.

“This has been a long and detailed investigation and from the very beginning our main focus has been and remains on ensuring that the victims and their families receive the fullest support throughout this extremely difficult time,” he said.

“We would urge anyone who feels they may have been affected by the actions of Mr Graham, or any other individuals, to contact us in absolute confidence via the Service Police Crime Bureau.”

The RAF said there were “a number” of ongoing RAF investigations relating to allegations of historical sexual offences.

Report By the BBC