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Last week, former BBC Radio 1 DJ and sex predator Mark Page was sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempting to arrange sex with children under 12 in the Philippines.

The judge said in sentencing the 63-year-old, who presented the Breakfast Program on Radio 1 from 1983 to 1986, took advantage of “poverty and depravity in an underdeveloped country”. father of three children after his trial.

Page, who lost his longtime gig as a match broadcaster for Middlesbrough FC after his home was raided by police, has denied five counts of arranging a child sex offender. children between 2016 and 2019, but was found guilty of four of those crimes.






Mark Page was jailed after trying to arrange sex with a child

A jury at Teesside Crown Court has found him innocent of one count in which it is alleged he intended for someone to reveal their private parts via webcam.

The prosecution described hearing how Page, who put his spacious 18-bedroom Tudor home for sale in 2018, “used philanthropy and business as a cover to meet underprivileged people.” age to meet them for sex”.







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Page, who also represents Steve Wright on his afternoon programme, is the latest in a line of disgraced BBC presenters and stars who have been jailed for sex crimes.

Predator ‘tricky built his whole life to gain access to children’

Here, we take a look at once-vaunted stars, many of whom have used their fame and power to commit atrocities.

Although he was never jailed for his gruesome crimes, an article about sexual predators who used to work at the BBC must mention Jim will Fix It and the host of Top of the Pops Jimmy Savile, in part because his criminal investigation led to the arrest of the other high profile name.







Jimmy Savile, a familiar face on TV, is a sexual predator
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The scale of his gruesome crime only became apparent after his death at the age of 84 in 2011, and in Savile’s life he has never been charged.

After his death, an ITV documentary revealed that the entertainer used her role in charities, prisons, hospitals and BBC radio to abuse girls and children. brother.

In 2012, a Met crime investigation, known as Operation Yewtree, was launched with allegations of sexual abuse against Savile and later other well-known names.







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“Savile has wisely built her entire life to reach out to vulnerable children,” said Peter Watt, of the NSPCC.

Savile has assaulted victims in NHS hospitals for decades, including Leeds General Hospital and Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

In 2016, a report by Dame Janet Smith identified 72 people as victims of sex crimes while working at the BBC, the youngest being 10 years old.

The last incident was in 2006, at the final taping of Top of the Pops.

An NSPCC report found that at least 500 girls and boys were abused by perpetrators.

The entertainer painted the Queen and played in Glastonbury

Rolf Harris was arrested during Operation Yewtree and later sentenced to 5 years and 9 months in prison in 2014 for 12 counts of indecent assault on 4 girls between 1968 and 1986. A conviction was later overturned. again on appeal in 2017.

The Australian children’s entertainer, now 91, considered a national treasure before his arrest, presented BBC shows such as Hey Presto It’s Rolf, Rolf Harris’ Cartoon Time and Animal Hospital on mid 1990s.







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The entertainer was arrested during Operation Yewtree
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In October 2006 he was made CBE, the following month the publication of a portrait of the Queen to mark her 80th Birthday, commissioned by the BBC. Following his conviction, Harris was stripped of his CBE.

As a musician, Harris has recorded success with Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport and Two Little Boys. In June 2010, he played on the pyramid stage at the Glastonbury Festival.







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Within four years, Harris will serve time in prison for the assaults, and he was released on parole in 2017.

Judge Mr Justice Sweeney said Harris took advantage of his celebrity status and showed “no remorse”.

The TV presenter took advantage of his ‘status as a popular celebrity’

Similar comments were made about broadcaster Stuart Hall, after he was jailed at the age of 82 in 2013, for assaulting 13 girls, including a 9-year-old girl, over a period of time. period from 1967 to 1985.

Judge Anthony Russell QC said Hall had a “dark side” and took advantage of his “status as a popular celebrity”.

Among Hall’s victims was a girl he met at an awards ceremony, and later bought drinks at a pub.







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Hall is known for presenting Game Show It’s a Knockout and he also works for BBC Radio 5 Live and hosts the BBC’s northwest regional news programme.

He was appointed an OBE in 2012, but was stripped of his honor the following year, following his conviction.

His original 15-month sentence was doubled by the Court of Appeals in 2013, after the judge said it had been “excessively lenient.”

In 2014, Hall was sentenced to an additional two years and six months for two counts of indecent assault on a girl. He admitted to indecent assaulting the 13-year-old boy and was found guilty of one count in a majority ruling at a trial. He was cleared of 15 counts of rape and 4 counts of indecent assault by a jury.







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Dame Janet Smith’s 2016 report also looked at Hall’s transgressions, which found that he took advantage of young people for sexual purposes and held “sex lessons” at the BBC. , used as a cover for sex.

Reports show he abused at least 21 victims, eight of whom were girls under the age of 16.

Savile, Harris and Hall have been recognized nationally for their exemplary work.

However, there are less well known local BBC broadcasters and stars who have also been convicted of horrific crimes, which has certainly sent shockwaves through their local communities. .

Local radio host ‘abused his position of trust in the media’

Such was the case of Peter Rowell, 53, who was jailed in 2012 for six years for sexually abusing five young girls between 1989 and the early 1990s.

Rowell has presented his afternoon programming on BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Somerset. In addition, he was a broadcaster for ITV West for over 10 years and was a DJ for commercial radio station GWR in the 1980s.

The presenter admitted 12 counts of assaulting a girl under the age of 16, 6 counts of creating an indecent image and one count of possessing an image.







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Judge David Ticehurst, sentencing Rowell, said the entertainer “has a position of trust over the media you have abused.”

“You’re prepared to use the world of fanfare to attract young girls,” he added.

Det Insp Jill Kells, speaking outside court, said no offense was committed at the BBC or ITV studios, with many taking place at GWR radio and at the home address of the BBC. victim.

Midlands couple live a “double life” and pray for underage boys

Famous couple Tony and Julie Wadsworth have presented together for over two decades on local BBC radio stations in Leicester and Birmingham.

In public, the couple is considered “caring, warm and respectable”, but lives a “double life”, and was jailed for five years in 2017 for assaulting underage boys. Tony, who played the role of “look out” when he was jailed, is 69 years old, his wife is 60 years old.

The presenters, known for their double aerial offenses, were found guilty by a majority ruling of encouraging six boys to engage in sexual activity between 1992 and 1996. .







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In addition, the couple was convicted for insulting the lack of decency in public by having sex in the woods.

They were found guilty of nine counts of indecent assault on boys and five counts of insulting public courtesy.

Some of the victims, aged between 11 and 15 at the time of the crime, testified in court that Julie Wadsworth would dress differently in a “flashher’s mac” trench coat, slit skirts, stockings and suspenders.

The abuse happened at the couple’s home in Warwickshire, a golf course and nearby woodland.







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Speaking after the case, David Rouse, a senior prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, said the couple had lived a “double life”.

“In public and professional life, they are a loving, warm and respectable couple.







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“However, in their private lives, they prey on young, impressionable victims for their own sexual gratification.”

According to the BBC, the couple last aired in December 2015.

Pastor and presenter of the church who ‘hid a dark secret’ for nearly 30 years

In October 2020, former BBC presenter and church minister Ben Thomas was jailed for sexually abusing children and adults between 1990 and 2019.

Thomas, then 44, from Flintshire, Wales pleaded guilty to 40 offenses, including assault and indecent behaviour, and was sentenced to 10 years and 4 months.

The Predator worked as a reporter on Wales Today and as a presenter for BBC Wales on Ffeil, the Welsh news program for young people.







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In 2005, he left the BBC, continuing as pastor of a church in Wales, a position he left in 2019.

Judge Timothy Petts said Thomas’ crimes began as a teenager and he then abused his position as church leader to “seek and select potential victims.”

He said: “For nearly 30 years until your arrest in 2019, you kept a dark secret – that you were a prolific sex abuser, the majority of your victims were teenage boys. years.”

* If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can access help and resources through www.rapecrisis.org.uk or call the national telephone helpline at 0808 802 9999

* The NSPCC Helpline is available to any adult with questions and advice – they can call the Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

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