Former aide to Prince Philip charged with sexual assault

A former aide to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has been charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in the 1970s. Benjamin Herman, who appeared in court Monday, was released on bail.
By JC Finley  |  Aug. 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM
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LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Benjamin Herman, former aide to Britain's Prince Philip, has been charged with three counts of sexual assault dating back to the 1970s.

Herman, 79, appeared briefly before District Judge James Henderson at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on Monday, and was released on bail. He was charged with three counts of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14 and one count of attempted indecent assault on a girl under the age of 16.

"These allegations are over four separate incidences of sexual assault over a year period," prosecutor Frances Lockhart told the court.

At the time of the alleged crimes, Herman was a a 38-year-old major in the Royal Marines and assigned as a personal assistant to Prince Philip. Prosecutors allege that Herman assaulted the then-12-year-old girl in 1972 at the military house where he was living in southwest London.

Herman later served as a private secretary to Princess Anne.

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