Savile friend, Teret, found guilty of sex crimes

Savile friend, Teret, found guilty of sex crimes

Sat Dec 6, 2014 11:49AM GMT

A friend of Jimmy Savile, a disgraced former TV host with the state-funded British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), has been found guilty of a string of sex offences.

Ray Teret was convicted of seven counts of rape and eleven counts of indecent assault at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on Friday.

The court heard about the 73-year-old former DJ using his status as a local celebrity to single out vulnerable girls and abuse those aged between 12 and 15 during the 1960s and 1970s.

Teret, who was remanded in custody, will be sentenced next Thursday.

“He used this status to target young and vulnerable girls who were impressionable and in some cases simply star struck,” the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement.

Teret is the latest to be convicted of sex crimes in connection with multiple investigations into the abuse scandal surrounding Savile.

The former BBC presenter died in 2011. Following his death, hundreds of allegations of sex abuse and rape of minors by him became public.

In January last year, in a 37-page report by the police and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Savile was branded as one of the UK’s most prolific known sexual predators, who used his celebrity status to “hide in plain sight”.

According to the report, titled ‘Giving Victims a Voice’, some 214 crimes, including 34 rapes, were recorded across 28 police force areas during the 54 years of abuse committed by the ex-presenter.

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