Convicted rapist, 24, runs away from paedophile hunters after he is caught trying to meet up with a 13-year-old girl in an online sting
Alfred Scott travelled to Newcastle to meet who he believed was a young girl, 13
However the girl ‘Jess’ was in fact part of a sting by vigilante group Dark Justice
Newcastle Crown Court heard how 24-year-old ran away but was later arrested
Scott was previously jailed for four-and-a-half years in 2012 for raping a woman
By Alexander Robertson For Mailonline
PUBLISHED: 21:17, 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 21:42, 31 May 2017
A convicted rapist was caught by paedophile hunters as he tried to meet a 13-year-old girl.
Alfred Scott travelled to Central Station in Newcastle to meet who he believed was a young girl called Jess after chatting to her on social media website Tagged.
But the fake profile had been set up by undercover organisation Dark Justice, who pose as teen girls online to expose men looking for sex with children.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how the 24-year-old ran away when he was confronted by Dark Justice at the train station and was later arrested by police.
Alfred Scott travelled to Central Station in Newcastle to meet who he believed was a young girl called Jess after chatting to her on social media website Tagged +6
Newcastle Crown Court heard how the 24-year-old ran away when he was confronted by Dark Justice at the train station and was later arrested by police +6
Alfred Scott (pictured) travelled to Central Station in Newcastle to meet who he believed was a young girl called Jess after chatting to her on social media website Tagged
David Crook, prosecuting, told the court how Scott was previously jailed for four-and-a-half years in 2012 for raping a woman.
He added the victim was ‘bitten and slapped’ and had ‘made it clear she wasn’t consenting to the activity’.
The woman was attacked by Scott, who admitted rape, while on her first date after meeting him on the internet.
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Scott appeared at court via video link from Durham prison. Mr Crook told the court how Scott sent Jess a message on Tagged in March asking to talk to her and asking how old she was.
He said: ‘She confirmed early on in the conversation that she was 13.’ Mr Crook said Scott continued to talk to her on What’s App, where he operated under the name ‘Alfie L’, and the conversation turned sexual.
He said: ‘The conversation between March and April became sexual in nature.
Mr Crook told the court how Scott sent Jess a message on Tagged in March asking to talk to her and asking how old she was +6
Mr Crook said there were references made during the conversation to being ‘horny as hell’ and Scott sent Jess a photograph of a penis +6
Mr Crook told the court how Scott sent Jess a message on Tagged in March asking to talk to her and asking how old she was
‘The defendant was reminded by the man purporting to be Jess that Jess was 13.’
Mr Crook said there were references made during the conversation to being ‘horny as hell’ and Scott sent Jess a photograph of a penis.
He said: ‘As a result, following on from that, he invited her to send an sexually explicit photograph of herself, which she didn’t, but did upload a photograph purporting to be of her, but not a naked photograph.’
‘A meeting was set up for 6pm in the evening of April 15.
‘Just after half six that day two of the people of the Dark Justice group, one of them was videoing, went to Central Station to meet the defendant who would have been expecting to meet up with Jess.
‘They recognised him by the photograph he had posted of himself. The defendant when confronted made off.’
Scott, of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming at a previous hearing +6
Judge Tim Gittins adjourned the case until July 24 for a psychiatric report to be prepared +6
Scott, of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming at a previous hearing
The court heard how Scott’s name and description was handed to the police and he was arrested a short time later.
He said: ‘It wasn’t like that, nothing was going to happen, f*** I shouldn’t have come, I knew it was wrong.’
Mr Crook added: ‘He was interviewed and accepted that the conversation became flirty but admitted he knew that Jess had expressed that she was 13.’
The barrister told the court how Scott, also known as Alfred Liddle, has one previous conviction for rape which he described as ‘forced’ and ‘violent’.
Scott, of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming at a previous hearing.
Judge Tim Gittins adjourned the case until July 24 for a psychiatric report to be prepared.
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BBC presenter ‘told her husband they should stop going to the woods because ‘word had got around’ after several sexual encounters including a threesome with teenage boys’
- Julie Wadsworth, 60, is accused of having sex with a boy aged between 14 and 18
- In evidence she said she was ‘flattered’ by his interest during woodland liaison
- DJ was with husband Tony Wadsworth, 69, when boy emerged from bushes
- She said he ‘groped’ her bosom while she ‘just finished off what he was doing’
- Similar encounter happened shortly after and after bumping into same boy in a garden centre the couple allegedly invited him home to do some gardening
- Couple deny five counts of outraging public decency between in mid nineties
- Mrs Wadsworth denies 12 charges of indecent assault, Mr Wadsworth denies 10
A former BBC presenter told her husband that would have to stop going to the woods for sexual encounters when teenage boys repeatedly turned up to watch and join in, a court heard.
During the first encounter with one boy Julie Wadsworth said she found the teen’s interest ‘flattering’ and she helped him ‘finish what he was doing’ as he watched her and husband Tony, 69, in woods in the 1990s.
The 60-year-old said after meeting the teenager in the woods a similar encounter happened shortly after.
Julie Wadsworth, 60, says the boy’s interest in her was ‘flattering’ and said he was touching himself while watching her and husband Tony Wadsworth, 69, (pictured together on Tuesday) petting in Warwickshire woodland in 1997
After bumping into the same boy in a garden centre three years later, Mrs Wadsworth and husband Tony, 69, invited him to their house to do some gardening.
Leamington Spa Crown Court heard the alleged victim was invited to join in one of couple’s woodland trysts in Mancetter Park, near Atherstone, Warwickshire.
The radio host – who previously worked for BBC Radio Leicester and BBC Radio WM in Birmingham – did admit sexually touching the boy to police after her arrest.
But Mrs Wadsworth – known on radio as Julie Mayer – told a jury she believed he was 17 at the time and denied his claims they slept together 15 times as she avoided sex because it ’caused her pain’.
Leamington Spa Crown Court heard the alleged victim was invited to join in one of couple’s woodland trysts in Mancetter Park, near Atherstone, Warwickshire
She added: ‘I don’t even have sex with my husband.’
Giving evidence she said she was ‘flattered’ by the attention after she saw him touching himself as he watched her ‘petting’ with her husband.
Mrs Wadsworth – who told the court she’d had a breast enlargement to boost her self esteem – described how the alleged victim approached the couple with his ‘hands down his trousers’.
She then said they ‘didn’t talk at all’ as he ‘groped her bosom’ while she ‘just finished off what he was doing’.
Speaking about the second encounter with the boy she said: ‘It was very similar to the first. Tony and I were in the out woods and we were petting again.
‘I don’t know how he found us, but he did. I didn’t expect him to turn up. When I first noticed him he just came straight over. He was standing there, waiting for acknowledgement, and he got it.
‘When he came over he expected the same thing to happen again. It did. It didn’t last for very long and there didn’t appear to be anyone else there.
‘Then we just waited for him to leave, and eventually he went out of the wooded area.
‘There was some talk this time. I cannot remember word for word what was said, but I remember him saying he was 17. I cannot remember how it came about in conversation, but I believed him.’
The radio host (left today) – who previously worked for BBC Radio Leicester and BBC Radio WM in Birmingham – did admit sexually touching the boy while with her husband (right)
Between that occasion and the next time she saw the boy, Mrs Wadsworth had sexual liaisons with two teenagers whilst a third watched on.
She added: ‘When I first became aware of this group we [Tony and I] were petting. We were touching each other. I was absolutely not sunbathing topless.
‘I’ve always been a bit insecure about my body. A bikini is fine, but I do not like exposing my breasts in public. They were about 18 years old.
‘They came forward as if they knew what was going to happen. I thought: “Oh, word has got around”.
‘With two of them a similar thing happened. One came and fondled my breast, and there was masturbating. Then it was the same with the other one.
‘The last one was standing back, watching. They moved away and then there was jeering and shouting.
‘When they left, I said to my husband “I think word is getting around and we must not come back down here”. And we didn’t. We didn’t go back down to the woods after.’
Evidence: In the dock Mrs Wadsworth said she and her husband (together today) were told by the boy that he was 17
Mrs Wadsworth denied ever having sexual intercourse with the alleged victim.
She also denied owning a ‘flasher’s Mac’, which the court heard she had worn to the woods for some of the alleged sex sessions, or ever having a dolphin tattoo as one of her accusers described.
She branded a claim from one alleged victim that she had once attempted to coax him out of his family home for al fresco sexual activity ‘totally outrageous’.
Her husband sat listening intently to the evidence in the dock, with the aid of a hearing loop.
Three years after promising never to go back into the woods, the pair bumped into the first boy at a garden centre, the court heard.
Mr and Mrs Wadsworth invited the boy, who they believed to be ‘in his 20s’ to do some gardening at their home.
Julie Wadsworth, now 60, is accused of seducing the then 14-year-old after inviting him to ‘come and have a play’ – she claims they never spoke during a liaison in the woods
Mrs Wadsworth said: ‘He made conversation with us. Before we left he flippantly made a remark and said ‘If you want any gardening done…’.
‘We did take him up on his offer. Tony would not have minded him coming in. He knew that he came round for the gardening. We had a history, obviously.
‘We were friendly with one another, and when my husband was not in or was in another part of the house, he would be very touchy-feely. He was testing the ground to see how I would react, and I didn’t push him away.
‘For the first time I felt attractive. It was flattering for a young man to give me attention. We went to the living room where it became more than touchy feely.
‘He touched my breast and we did mutual masturbation. There was absolutely not any full intercourse, I don’t even have sex with my husband.
‘There was another similar incident the next time he came round, I think. He would have been in his 20’s at that time. I told my husband about it shortly afterwards.
The alleged victim told a jury yesterday how he ended up losing his virginity to the BBC radio presenter, who broadcasts and is in the dock alongside her husband, Tony Wadsworth, 69, pictured today
‘Because we had had history and it was not a threat before, Tony didn’t see it as a threat now. We have a very strong marriage. But Tony was concerned that he would, and indeed was, becoming overly attached. So we stopped it.’
The veteran broadcaster said her arrest on the December 10, 2015 left her in a state of depression and contributed to the death of her mother on Christmas Day last year.
She added: ‘It is a day I shall never forget. As a result of the arrest I had to move my mother out of her house, because of the publicity.
‘She was 83. It had an adverse effect on her, and at Christmas [last year] she died.
‘When I was arrested in the early hours of the morning by six policemen, and put in a cell for 12 hours, it hit me hard. I have been on medication for depression since.’
The man involved, who is now aged 37, previously told a court he had a threesome with the pair – nicknamed the ‘Richard and Judy of Local Radio’ – at their home.
She is accused of seducing the then 14-year-old after inviting him to ‘come and have a play’ when he and a group of under-age friends found her sunbathing topless in woods.
The alleged victim tried to contact her years later on Facebook after ‘fantasising’ about their sex sessions, the court was told.
He told a jury how he ended up losing his virginity to the BBC radio presenter. The man said the encounters petered out when he was aged around 20 because he believed the couple considered him ‘too old’.
Giving evidence about historic allegations dating back to the mid-1990s yesterday, the alleged victim, now a 37-year-old man, said he ended up having sex with Mrs Wadsworth up to 15 times at the marital home or in woods while her husband watched or performed a sex act.
On one occasion the boy said he engaged in a threesome with Mr and Mrs Wadsworth.
Another session began after he went into the rough to retrieve a golf ball during a round on an adjacent course, and was accosted by Mrs Wadsworth, who appeared from the bushes and persuaded him to perform a sex act on her.
The court heard the man continued seeing the wife both before and after he left school, when the Wadsworths – who were broadcasting on the BBC WM station in Birmingham at the time – began turning up at his place of work.
Another alleged victim of the couple claimed she had a sexual encounter with him before saying ‘go and get one of your mates’
Giving evidence at Warwick Crown Court, the man said that years later, he tried to contact Mrs Wadsworth – known on radio as Julie Mayer – via Facebook in a bid to ‘incite relations’.
He also tried e-mailing the ‘contact a presenter’ section on the website of BBC Radio Leicester, where the couple were working up until their arrest two years ago, but heard nothing back on either occasion.
The alleged victim denied being obsessed with Mrs Wadsworth but admitted he sometimes fantasised about the sexual encounters when he was ‘drunk and depressed’.
He said: ‘I had possibly sent them Facebook requests but they weren’t accepted. She rejected me in 2001, I was probably too old.
‘I was not wholly obsessed but would I have times where I was drunk and depressed and thought about it, yes. That is probably why you’re not meant to have sex with underage kids because that is what it does to them.’
He said the messages went unanswered and he had not spoken to the couple since the 1990s, adding: ‘I would still fantasise about having relations with Julie Wadsworth and maybe I was trying to incite that in the message.’
The man said he only realised the couple were BBC presenters after leaving school, when he heard them on the radio and recognised Mrs Wadsworth’s voice.
They turned up at his place of work around six or seven times, he added, remembering how Julie once described him as a ‘fit young man’ as she asked for help in carrying an item to her car.
David Hislop QC, defending Mrs Wadsworth, suggested to the man: ‘There was no underage sex between you and Julie Wadsworth.’
The man said that was ‘nonsense’. He also denied having become ‘wholly obsessed’ with the female radio presenter, only reporting the couple to police when his ‘heart-felt’ messages were ignored.
The couple, of Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, deny five counts of outraging public decency. Mrs Wadsworth also denies 12 indecent assaults, while her husband denies ten.
The incidents were reported to police in 2015 after the victim attended a child protection course as part of his job, and realised that he may have been ‘groomed’ himself.
He gave the name of friends he had gone to the woods with and, after the Wadsworths were charged, another group of boys came forward describing similar incidents three years earlier.
The trial continues.
Rolf Harris hired private investigators to smear his victims: Disgraced entertainer’s plot to clear his name sparks fury
- Rolf Harris is to launch a fresh bid to overturn his sexual abuse convictions
- After he paid private detectives to find evidence to brand his victims liars
- Harris, 87, walked free from court after jurors failed to reach verdict in retrial
Rolf Harris is to launch a fresh bid to overturn his sexual abuse convictions after paying private detectives to find evidence to brand his victims liars in his recent trial
Rolf Harris is to launch a fresh bid to overturn his sexual abuse convictions after paying private detectives to find evidence to brand his victims liars in his recent trial, it emerged yesterday.
The disgraced 87-year-old entertainer walked free from court after jurors failed to reach a verdict in a retrial, saying: ‘I feel no sense of victory – only relief.’
Now he hopes to clear his name after prosecutors announced he will not face a third trial over claims from three women who came forward after his original conviction in 2014 for indecently assaulting four other women and children between 1968 and 1986.
After Harris’s three-year court battle finally came to an end, it can be revealed how the millionaire artist used private investigators and top lawyers to undermine his accusers.
He even launched a bid to go on trial via videolink from his £3 million home in Bray, Berkshire.
The bid came as Harris was due to go free early from Stafford Prison halfway through his latest trial after serving less than three years of a five-year and nine-month sentence.
But Judge Deborah Taylor rejected the application and ordered him to appear at London’s Southwark Crown Court to face four charges of indecently assaulting three girls aged 13 to 16, which the jury were unable to reach a verdict on after a two-week trial.
Now he is to seek leave to appeal against his original conviction for attacks on children, whom his lawyer has branded ‘false victims’ out to get part of his £11 million fortune. His case is due to be heard before the Court of Appeal within the next few months. If he is successful, it would raise the possibility that Harris could seek compensation for wrongful imprisonment.
The bid came as Harris was due to go free early from Stafford Prison halfway through his latest trial after serving less than three years of a five-year and nine-month sentence
Victims reacted with fury to the tactics of Harris’s lawyers to portray them as lying gold diggers.
His youngest victim, Wendy Wild, who was just seven when she alleged she was groped at a disco in 1969, has repeatedly been branded a liar by Harris’s barrister Stephen Vullo QC. Mr Vullo suggested Miss Wild, who has waived her right to anonymity, was out for compensation, saying: ‘She indicated in court that … the reason she had made her complaint was for closure.
‘She subsequently issued proceedings and received £22,000 in damages [from Harris].’
Another woman, who claimed Harris grabbed her breast when she was 13 at the BBC Television Studios in 1983, was asked by Mr Vullo: ‘Do you remember talk online of people going after Mr Harris’ £11 million fortune through compensation?’ She replied: ‘It’s never been about money.’ During the latest case, it also emerged that police did not question the mother of one of the alleged victims because she claimed she would take her own life if officers approached her after being quizzed by Harris’s private investigators.
Yesterday Judge Taylor cleared Harris of molesting a 14-year-old girl at the Lyceum Theatre in London on July 10, 1971, assaulting a 16-year-old during ITV’s Star Games in 1978, and grabbing the breast of the 13-year-old after children’s show Saturday Superstore.
In a statement, Harris said: ‘I feel no sense of victory, only relief. I’m 87 years old, my wife is in ill-health and we simply want to spend our remaining time together in peace.’