Tuesday 20 March 2018

Ex-BBC host jailed over sex abuse

Michael Souter
Michael Souter

Press Association

A former BBC presenter dubbed a "predatory paedophile" after being found guilty of a string of child sex offences has been sentenced to 22 years in jail.

Detective Paul Brown of Norfolk Police said the "Savile effect" is encouraging victims to report sex attacks after a former BBC presenter was jailed for two decades of abuse.

Ex-BBC Norfolk and former Radio Clyde broadcaster Michael Souter, right, was found guilty of 26 offences including indecent assault, indecency with a child, serious sexual offences, and possessing indecent images of children. He abused seven boys in the 1980s and 1990s in what officers said was "one of the worst cases of prolonged child abuse" they had dealt with.

Norwich Crown Court heard that the 60-year-old, of Low Bungay Road, Loddon, Norfolk, was a "sexual deviant" who was obsessed with young boys.

Judge Mark Lucraft QC described Souter's attempts to claim that the allegations were fabricated as "pathetic".

Irish Independent

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