Ex-BBC presenters Tony and Julie Wadsworth jailed for copulation offences – BBC News

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Image caption The Wadsworths are “sexual predators” who lived “double lives”, prosecutors said

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

Husband and spouse Tony and Julie Wadsworth were found guilty by a majority decision of encouraging six sons be participating in sex activity between 1992 and 1996.

The couple were also imprisoned at Warwick Crown Court of scandalizing public modesty by having copulation in woodland.

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

Following a three-week experiment, Julie Wadsworth, 60, was convicted by majority 10 -2 findings of nine indecent assaults against young boys and five weighs of outraging public decency.

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

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

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Image caption The pair claimed the government has “hanky panky” outdoors in order to raise Julie Wadsworth’s soul honour

Some scapegoats, 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 then home in Atherstone, Warwickshire, as well as on a nearby golf course and smothering woodland.

During the experiment, the Wadsworths – who married in 1994 – told how they had outdoor “hanky panky” in order to empower Julie Wadsworth and help her with organization portrait questions stemming from a disturbed past.

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

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Image caption Julie Wadsworth “loved the attention” of young boys and her husband encouraged her, the adjudicator said

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

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

On one occasion, special courts hear, Tony Wadsworth joined in a “threesome” with the boy at the couple’s residence after he altered 16.


Image caption The Wadsworths were known for sharing a suggest sense of humour

Analysis: Phil Mackie, BBC News

Tony and Julie Wadsworth were a well-known double are active in the Midlands, presenting together for more than two decades for BBC local radio in Leicester and in Birmingham.

The couple were known for their double-entendres and “Carry On” sense of humour – and played up to it on camera and for advertising.

Although little-known outside the Midlands, the client generated lurid headlines in the newspapers as details of the couple’s fornication lives were indicates that there is court.

Staff who worked with them said they had absolutely no notions about their sexual action.


Another victim, who was 14 at the time, told the court he was “1 00% convinced” that a pair he saw having fornication against a tree in 1992 were the Wadsworths and said she had play-act a sex act on him.

One of the complainants told the experiment Julie Wadsworth “must have known” her preys were under-age because of their physical appearance.

The sixth witness estimated that he was about 11 when he and older sons insured the Wadsworths having copulation against a tree.

He was either 12 or 13 when he and two other boys were indecently assaulted, the man recalled.

Sentencing the pair, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said the “grave” offences had caused emotional damage to all the victims.

He said Julie Wadsworth, had “loved “members attention” and that young sons were attracted to you” and her husband had encouraged the offences.

He said it would then be obvious to anyone that the victims – some of whom were riding bicycles or clambering trees in parkland – were young boys.

Image caption The Wadsworths experienced a high profile among local radio listeners in the Midlands

As the decisions were returned, Julie Wadsworth repeatedly gulped and mopped away snaps. Her partner demo little emotion.

Mitigating for her after belief, David Hislop QC said: “At 60 years of age, hers has been a heartbreaking fall from grace … a period of captivity will be made even more difficult for her, knowing the stigma attached to her convictions will carry on forever.”

Tony Wadsworth’s solicitor, Michelle Clarke, said the hardest thing for him would be being separated from his wife.

Speaking after the action, David Rouse, a senior prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, said the couple had lived “double lives”.

“In their public and professional lives the latter are a duo who came across as caring, heated and respectable.

“However, in their private lives, they preyed on young, gullible casualties for their own sexual gratification.”

He thanked the victims for their mettle in fetching “two sexual predators to justice”.

Det Sgt Rhys Bower, from Warwickshire Police, said: “These two mortals presented no thought to the impact their actions were having on the young sons they mistreated; they were only concerned with their own gratification.”

The NSPCC said: “The Wadsworths’ behaviour has been uncovered for what it is – child sexual abuse.

“Julie Wadsworth’s moronic declaration in tribunal that she was a victim in this case is insulting.

“The true preys were young sons who were frequently encouraged to engage in illegal sexual activity.”

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

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