Ex-BBC star in court over sex charges

Former BBC radio DJ Dave Lee Travis has appeared in court to face allegations of sexual offences dating from 1977 to 2007.

Travis appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday to answer 11 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault against nine alleged victims.

He was granted bail and ordered to appear at another hearing at London’s Southwark Crown Court on September 6.

Prosecutor Izolda Switala-Gribbin said the case should be dealt with by a higher court because the allegations were of “calculated and prolonged” behaviour.

Accused under his real name David Patrick Griffin, the 68-year-old ex-host of editions of a popular BBC TV music show was first arrested in November last year as part of an inquiry into the abuse scandal surrounding former TV entertainer Jimmy Savile.

Several high-profile figures have been arrested in connection with the investigation into Savile scandal, including singer Gary Glitter, radio presenter Stuart Hall, former TV producer Wilfred De’Ath and comedians Freddie Starr and Jim Davidson.

Earlier in January, in a report by the police and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Savile was branded as one of the UKâ„¢s most prolific known sexual predators who used his celebrity status to Å“hide in plain sight.”

According to the report titled Å“Giving Victims a Voice,” some 214 crimes, including 34 of rape or penetration during 54 years of abuse committed by the presenter, were recorded across 28 police force areas.

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Republished from: Press TV