Friday 17 November 2017

Two BBC presenters deny having sex against a tree in front of children - court hears

Tony and Julie Wadsworth arrive at Warwick Crown Court in Leamington Spa, they have have denied outraging public decency after allegedly having sex against a tree in full view of a group of young boys. Matthew Cooper/PA Wire
Tony and Julie Wadsworth arrive at Warwick Crown Court in Leamington Spa, they have have denied outraging public decency after allegedly having sex against a tree in full view of a group of young boys. Matthew Cooper/PA Wire
Tony and Julie Wadsworth arrive at Warwick Crown Court in Leamington Spa, they have have denied outraging public decency after allegedly having sex against a tree in full view of a group of young boys. Matthew Cooper/PA Wire

Matthew Cooper

Two radio presenters have denied outraging public decency after allegedly having sex against a tree in full view of a group of young boys.

Married couple Tony and Julie Wadsworth, who have both worked for BBC Radio Leicester and Birmingham-based BBC WM, also pleaded not guilty to offences of indecent assault during a hearing at Warwick Crown Court.

Julie Wadsworth, 59, and her 69-year-old husband, from Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, will stand trial in May after denying a string of offences alleged to have been committed between July 1992 and August 1999.

Mrs Wadsworth, who uses the surname Mayer on air, pleaded not guilty to five counts of outraging public decency and 12 charges of indecent assault.

The charges of indecent assault against Mrs Wadsworth, relating to seven boys, allege that she touched the complainants, including on an occasion when her husband "kept watch" and had a camera in his possession.

Mr Wadsworth denies committing ten indecent assaults by allegedly keeping watch for his wife.

Tony and Julie Wadsworth arrive at Warwick Crown Court in Leamington Spa, they have have denied outraging public decency after allegedly having sex against a tree in full view of a group of young boys. Matthew Cooper/PA Wire
Tony and Julie Wadsworth arrive at Warwick Crown Court in Leamington Spa, they have have denied outraging public decency after allegedly having sex against a tree in full view of a group of young boys. Matthew Cooper/PA Wire

All five charges of outraging public decency allege that the couple engaged in sexual activity "against a tree" in an area of parkland in view of others.

Both defendants were granted bail to reappear for trial at Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington Spa on May 15.

A BBC spokesman said the couple no longer work for the broadcaster.

Press Association

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