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Ex-BBC presenters jailed for sex offences

Two former BBC radio presenters have each been jailed for five years for indecently assaulting under-age boys.

Husband and wife Tony and Julie Wadsworth were found guilty by a majority verdict of encouraging six boys to take part in sexual activity between 1992 and 1996.

The couple were also convicted at Warwick Crown Court of outraging public decency by having sex in woodland.

The pair, of Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, had denied the charges.

Following a three-week trial, Julie Wadsworth, 60, was convicted by majority 10-2 verdicts of nine indecent assaults against boys and five counts of outraging public decency.

Her spouse, 69, who acted as a “look-out”, was found guilty of the same charges, also by majority verdicts.

Both were found not guilty of three counts of indecent assault, two of which related to a single complainant.

Some victims, who were aged 11 to 15 at the time of the offences, told the court Julie Wadsworth was variously dressed in a “flasher’s mac” trench coat, white high-heels, stockings, suspenders and a split-skirt.

Prosecutors said the abuse took place at a number of locations, including the couple’s home in Atherstone, Warwickshire, as well as on a nearby golf course and surrounding woodland.

During the trial, the Wadsworths – who married in 1994 – told how they had outdoor “hanky panky” in order to empower Julie Wadsworth and help her with body image issues stemming from a troubled past.

She admitted having sexual encounters with “young men” but repeatedly denied any of them had been under the age of consent.

In court it emerged that two groups of victims contacted police after a complainant realised what had taken place in the 90s “was not right and not appropriate”.

In videos of police interviews played to the jury, the man claimed he had up to 15 sexual encounters as a teenager with Julie Wadsworth – around half of them before he turned 16.

On one occasion, the court heard, Tony Wadsworth joined in a “threesome” with the teenager at the couple’s home after he turned 16.

A BBC spokesman said the Wadsworths were last on air in December 2015 and no longer work for the corporation.

 

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