A decorated RAF cadet commander has been cleared of kissing a cadet on the neck during a band camp, after a judge ruled there was no case to answer.
Brian Wills-Pope MBE was responsible for more than 1,000 air cadets at the Devon and Somerset Wing Air Training Corps.
Prosecutor Sean Brunton had told the jury the alleged incident happened in his bedroom during an overnight camp at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon.
The college is where Princes Philip, Charles and Andrew all trained.
The 64-year-old Mr Wills-Pope had been charged with one count of sexual assault.
The case at Taunton Crown Court was stopped before Mr Wills-Pope gave any evidence, the judge stating there was no case to answer.
He has been in charge of the cadets for more than 20 years and he is listed as a senior governor at Torquay Boys' Grammar School.
Mr Wills-Pope was a Deputy Lieutenant for Devon and is currently chairman of the British Florist Association.