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Michael Souter: Ex-BBC DJ jailed for sex attacks on boys

2013-10-31 18:30:40

Michael Souter

A former BBC radio presenter has been jailed for 22 years for sex attacks on boys.

Michael Souter, 60, of Loddon, Norfolk, was convicted earlier this month of 19 sexual assaults on seven boys aged between 11 and 16.

Norwich Crown Court heard the offences took place between 1979 and 1999.

Souter, who worked for BBC Radio Norfolk in the 1980s, was a Venture Scouts leader, a mentor to young people and had been allowed to adopt a child.

The court heard Souter, who also worked for Radio Clyde, had used his local celebrity status to abuse his victims.

'Childhoods destroyed'

The jury also found him guilty of seven counts of making and possessing indecent images of under-18s.

After the six-week trial, detectives revealed they were investigating further allegations of abuse against Souter.

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


Courtroom One at Norwich Crown Court was packed for
the latest chapter in the downfall of Michael Souter.

 

Among those in the public gallery were eight jurors, who
had returned to see the man they had convicted learn
his fate.

 

Police involved in the case kept their eyes fixed on
Souter throughout, some of them nodding as the judge
praised the bravery of the victims for coming forward.

 

When the sentence was handed down, there were gasps
from the public gallery.

 

Souter, wearing a navy blazer, remained emotionless
throughout and simply bowed his head as he was led
from the glass-screened dock.

"The childhood of many of your victims was destroyed and their lives blighted," he said.

"You exploited your position to groom each of them. You took hundreds of photographs of boys in shorts and were the only person in this court who could not see these pictures for what they were."

'Cynical defence'

The judge said Souter displayed an "ongoing sexual obsession with boys" and posed a risk of further offending on his release from prison.

Souter was banned indefinitely from working with children and ordered to pay legal costs of nearly £14,700.

Andrew Shaw, for the prosecution, said Souter had mounted a "cynical defence" in the face of overwhelming evidence.

He had denied the offences saying they were concocted, and that police had invented evidence as part of a conspiracy to smear his name.

Souter's barrister, Andrew Hill, said that he could offer little in mitigation because his client had continued to protest his innocence.

"His position prior to these matters - the charitable works and many other local good works - will all be forgotten when it comes to sentencing," he said.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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