Pilot abused position at British Airways to 'molest hundreds of girls at African orphanages'

Simon Wood was due to appear in court again this Friday but was found dead on August 18th after being struck by a train

A British Airways pilot, who killed himself by jumping in front of a train, used his position to abuse hundreds of young girls in African schools and orphanages, it has been reported.

Simon Wood, 54, appeared in a London court a fortnight ago charged with indecently assaulting an eight-year-old girl and possessing child abuse images.

He was due to appear in court again this Friday but was found dead on August 18th after being struck by a train.

Mr Wood was accused of photographing a half-naked boy aged between 2 and 4 and storing the image on his computer along with 17 other child abuse images.

According to the Daily Mail, Mr Wood claimed he was carrying out charity work for British Airways while allegedly molesting young girls during stopovers in Africa.

During a hearing it was revealed that police were investigating claims from a further 15 possible victims in Uganda and Kenya.

A prosecutor told Westminster Magistrates’ Court that they had evidence that Wood had paid lawyers in East Africa £64,000 to “to finance remunerations for the victims”, The Times reported.

Mr Wood, of Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, had worked for British Airways for 16 years.

The company said it only became aware of the allegations after they received an anonymous letter in July.

The airline said they immediately informed police and sent an investigation team to Kenya.

In a statement the company said: "We would be absolutely appalled if it transpired that an employee of ours had been cynically using this charitable work as a cover for exploitation of children he was trusted to help."