Former BBC Radio 1 presenter DLT charged
Radio presenter Dave Lee Travis has been charged with 12 sexual offences spanning a period of 30 years.
The former BBC Radio and Bauer Media presenter is accused of 11 counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault.
The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1977 and 2007 and relate to nine victims aged between 15 and 29.
He’s been ordered to appear before a district judge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday August 23.
FRIDAY UPDATE: DLT has released a statement saying he’s looking forward to proving that the sex attack claims are untrue. “To say the least, I’m very disappointed the police and the CPS have decided to bring charges.
“The allegations are not true. The only other thing I can add to that statement is that I’m very much looking forward to actually clearing my name on this.”
He was charged as part of Operation Yewtree, the police investigation prompted by the Jimmy Savile scandal, but the accusations against Travis have no connection to the television presenter.
DLT, who had the nickname the Hairy Cornflake at Radio 1, spent 25 years on the national station before resigning live on-air in 1993.
On leaving Radio 1, he hosted a networked Sunday morning show across some of the UK’s commercial radio stations.
He also worked at Garrison Radio and Classic Gold, then went back to the BBC to host Sunday mornings on BBC Three Counties Radio in 2003.
He hosted the DLT Show on Bauer Media’s Magic stations in the North of England each Saturday and Sunday morning till he was taken off air last November.
DLT, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, was also inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in 2010.
Chief Crown Prosecutor Alison Saunders, of the Crown Prosecution Service CPS said: “Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Griffin to be charged with 11 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.
“These date from 1977 to 2007 and relate to nine complainants aged between 15 and 29 at the time of the alleged offending.
“The decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and the DPP’s interim guidelines on prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse.
“We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.”