Prison for ex-BBC presenters who encouraged boys to take part in sexual acts

Tony and Julie Wadsworth.
Tony and Julie Wadsworth.

Two former BBC radio presenters have been jailed for five years for indecently assaulting a string of underage boys and outraging public decency by having sex in woodland.

Husband-and-wife Tony and Julie Wadsworth were found guilty by majority verdicts of 
encouraging six boys, including a teenager looking for a golf ball, to take part in sexual activity in Warwickshire between 1992 and 1996.

Sentencing Mrs Wadsworth, 60, and her 69-year-old husband at Warwick Crown Court, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said the “grave” offences had caused emotional damage to all the victims.

Mrs Wadsworth was convicted by majority 10-2 verdicts of nine indecent assaults and five counts of outraging decency after a three-week trial.

Her husband, who acted as a ‘look-out’ during sexual activity involving his wife and a total of six youngsters, was found guilty of the same charges, also by majority verdicts.

As the verdicts were returned, Mrs Wadsworth – who was cleared of indecently assaulting one of the victims at her home –repeatedly gulped, swayed in the dock and wiped away tears with a black tissue.

Tony Wadsworth showed little emotion and handed a mobile phone to a solicitor before the couple were remanded in custody for sentencing.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Miranda Moore QC said the Wadsworths – known to the public as Wadsworth and Mayer (Julie’s on-air surname) – had worked at the BBC’s former studios at Pebble Mill, Birmingham.

Some of the couple’s victims told the court Mrs Wadsworth was variously dressed in a “flasher’s mac” trenchcoat, white high heels, stockings, suspenders, and a split-skirt at the time of the offences near Atherstone.

Outlining the prosecution case, Miss Moore said an 11-year-old boy was among those who witnessed the couple’s offences. The BBC said the couple no longer work for the corporation.