Devon

Business leader charged with sex crimes

Charles Howeson
Image caption Charles Howeson is alleged to have committed serious sexual offences between 1985 and 1994

A captain of industry and former Royal Navy officer has been charged with 15 serious sexual offences.

Charles Howeson, 67, of Stonehouse, Plymouth has held a number of prominent positions in the public and private sector.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the offences are alleged to have taken place against 10 boys and men between 1985 and 1994.

He is due to appear at Plymouth Magistrates' Court on 13 April.

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One of the alleged victims was aged between 14 and 15 at the time, another was aged between 16 and 18, and eight were in their early twenties, police said.

Mr Howeson left the post of Chief of the Allied Staff in Gibraltar aged 39 according to the Plymouth Area Business Council, of which he is chairman.

Since then he has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Roles he has held include: chairman of NHS Property Services, regional chairman of Coutts and Co bank, chairman of First Great Western Trains Advisory Board and chairman of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce.

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