Michael Souter convicted of sexual assaults

Ex-BBC DJ convicted of sexual assaults against children

17/10/2013

Former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Michael Souter has today (17 October 2013) been convicted at Norwich Crown Court of 19 sexual offences against children, including indecent assault and buggery, and also seven charges of possession of indecent images

The jury heard that the offences related to seven victims aged between 11 and 16 at the time of the offending, who were abused over a period of 20 years from 1979 onwards.

Head of the CPS Complex Casework Unit for the East of England, Chris McCann said: "Michael Souter presented himself to people as a local celebrity from radio and television, happy to be involved in charity events, the Scout movement and as a youth mentor for Norfolk Social Services.

"All this was a smokescreen to hide his true intention: to become close to young boys so he could sexually abuse them, confident that his celebrity status would mean they would not be believed.

"This is the tactic of the classic predatory paedophile who hides behind a facade of respectability to carefully select and groom his victims then subject them to repeated sexual assaults over a period of time.

"The CPS considered allegations against Michael Souter in 1993 but decided at that time there was insufficient evidence for a prosecution. When new complaints were made in 2010 the earlier allegations were reconsidered and these were included in the charges which we advised should be brought.

"Things have changed a lot in the handling of these cases in the 20 years since the first complaint was made and we now take a different approach. The new guidelines published today lay out the agreed approach to prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse, and they will ensure that prosecutors focus on the overall credibility of an allegation rather than any perceived weaknesses of the person making them.

"That approach means Michael Souter, a man correctly described by prosecuting counsel as a deviant sexual abuser, is facing imprisonment."