[One] victim spoke of being abused in the US in the 1980s, saying: “Mr Beaumont lived here and was commissioned as a captain in the local Civil Air Patrol Squadron.
He told everyone he was a pilot in the Royal Air Force and they gave him an equivalent rank based on his story.
There was a youth component to CAP and I was awarded cadet of the year.
Mr Beaumont was a certified flight instructor and free lessons were part of my award.
Mr Beaumont has several pilot licenses, including multi-engine and commercial ratings.
He began abusing me while acting as my flight instructor. Everyone thought Mr Beaumont was the greatest.
He rented a home from my parents, got me a job at a local flight school and was the contact for a class I was taking in high school.
I was afraid everyone’s world would fall apart if I said anything.
I used to give blood a lot to get screened for HIV. This was the 80s and the AIDS scare was a big deal because of the epidemic.
I didn’t want to anyone to think I was gay either so there was a big secrecy thing.”
[Another] victim said: ”Thirty years ago, Mr Beaumont conned his way into a youth organization, where he met me.
While he befriended my family, friends and teachers from my school, he sexually abused me.
The adults I confided in could not believe Mr Beaumont was capable of such things.
My horror resulted in self-harming and prescription drug abuse. I suffered terrible migraines and abused my prescriptions to numb the pain.”