DLT found guilty of indecent assault

Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis has been convicted on one count of indecent assault, relating to an incident in 1995.

DLT – real name David Griffin – was on trial at Southwark Crown Court. He was being retried on one count of indecent assault on a woman between 1990 and 1991 while he was working on a pantomime, and one of sexual assault on a second woman at his home in 2008. A jury was unable to reach verdicts on those charges at an earlier trial. That earlier trial had found him not guilty, in February this year, of 12 other counts of indecent assault.

Today, the jury cleared him of the alleged incident in the early 90s but again failed to reach a verdict on the 2008 sexual assault charge.

However a third charge – brought for the first time in this latest trial – has resulted in a conviction. It relates to an indecent assault on a researcher working on the BBC’s Mrs Merton Show comedy series in January 1995. DLT was a guest on the programme, being filmed in Manchester, and prosecutors said he approached the woman in a corridor and put his hands on her chest for about 10 to 15 seconds.

He was found guilty by a majority 10-2 verdict. The sexual assault charge which the jury couldn’t reach a verdict on will no longer proceed to court and DLT has been formally cleared on that count.

Sentencing will take place on Friday (26th September) and Mr Travis is on bail until then.

Dave Lee Travis was on Radio 1 from 1968 to 1993, including a stint on breakfast May 1978 to December 1980. Before joining Radio 1 he’d been at Radio Caroline and since leaving he’s appeared on stations including Classic Gold, Garrison FM and the Magic AM network. He was taken off air by Bauer following his arrest in 2012.

DLT was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame at the Radio Festival in 2010. We’ve asked the Radio Academy whether his conviction today will result in any change to his inclusion in the Hall of Fame – we’ll update this story when we hear back from them.

Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 2:46 pm by RadioToday

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