Former-BBC Radio 1 Presenter in court over sexual assault charges

Dave Lee Travis in court over sexual assault charges

Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis will stand trial next March after appearing in court to face a string of sexual assault charges dating back more than 30 years on women as young as 15.

By Claire Carter11:39PM BST 06 Sep 2013

The 68-year-old spoke only to confirm his name and that he understood his bail conditions at the 20-minute preliminary hearing at the Old Bailey.

He has been charged with 11 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.

The former Top of the Pops presenter, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, has indicated that he will plead not guilty to the charges, which are said to have taken place between 1977 and 2007 against nine alleged victims aged between 15 and 29.

Travis, who wore a grey suit, white shirt and patterned tie for the hearing, has denied any wrongdoing since he was first arrested on suspicion of sexual offences in November last year.

He was first arrested last November by officers from Operation Yewtree, Scotland Yard’s investigation into allegations of historical sexual abuse.

The DJ, who broadcast on Radio 1 from 1968 to 1993 and presented TV’s Top of the Pops from 1974 to 1984, was the fourth person to be arrested under Operation Yewtree, which was launched following the Jimmy Savile scandal. Other figures arrested as part of the investigation have included Gary Glitter and Rolf Harris.

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