May 2023

RAF worker facing time behind bars after admitting child sex abuse

An RAF worker has admitted a string of child sex abuse offences against two schoolgirls.

Glenn Poyner – formerly of RAF Benson, Oxfordshire – faces time behind bars after he pleaded guilty to eight child sex offences committed against two girls.

West Mercia Police previously said the attacks happened in multiple locations including Shropshire and Worcestershire. Poyner appeared before a Shrewsbury Crown Court judge, sitting at Telford Magistrates’ Court.

The paedophile admitted four counts of rape, one count of sexual assault, one count of causing a child aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity and two counts of sexual activity with a child. Poyner denied a further nine charges, including rape and taking indecent photographs of a child.

The 35-year-old’s pleas were acceptable to the Crown, prosecutor Mark Connor told the court on Friday, May 12. The sex offender was granted conditional bail and will be sentenced in August.

No facts of the offences were outlined in court and no details of Poyner’s current employment status were given to the hearing. The case was adjourned so reports, including a psychiatric assessment, could be carried out.

Judge Peter Barrie told Poyner: “I am going to ask the probation service to make an assessment. That ought to include a consideration of dangerousness.

“The prosecution has accepted that the pleas you have entered today are sufficient to deal with this matter. The next stage is for you to come back to court on August 11 to be dealt with.

“I am sure you understand the serious position which you face.”