A crown court jury in Manchester has found former radio presenter and Jimmy Savile flat-mate and friend Ray Teret guilty of raping and indecently assaulting schoolgirls in the 60s and 70s.
The jury reached their verdicts after hearing he used his status as a local celebrity to single out vulnerable girls in nightclubs and discos.
The mass media is reporting the full details of the court case – with details on Sky, BBC and the Manchester Evening News. Teret denied 18 rapes, two other serious sexual assaults, one attempted rape, 12 indecent assaults and one count of indecency with a child.
“This case has attracted a lot of media interest due to Teret’s status and friendship with the late Jimmy Savile,” Detective Chief Inspector Graham Brock of Greater Manchester Police said. “And it is clear that Teret revelled in his association with Savile and used that cult of celebrity to meet – and rape – impressionable underage girls.
“We also must acknowledge that it was the Jimmy Savile scandal, and the mass publicity it generated, that encouraged these women to break their decades of silence and speak out, exposing Teret for the dangerous sexual predator he is.”
Ray first met Savile in a Manchester night club in the early 1960s and went on to work on various radio stations including Caroline, Piccadilly, Signal and BBC Radio 2.