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TV weatherman Fred Talbot is convicted of string of sex offences against boys on school trips to Scotland
- The former ITV weatherman, 67, is on trial for eight charges of indecent assault
- Offences occurred on camping trips when he was a teacher in the 70s and 80s
- Stone Roses singer Ian Brown gave evidence at weatherman’s trial in Scotland
- He claimed Talbot invited a boy to his tent during a camping trip in the late 70s
PUBLISHED: 13:01, 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:39, 25 May 2017
Fred Talbot (pictured) has been convicted of a string of sex offences against young boys
TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been convicted of a carrying out a string of sex offences against young boys during camping trips to Scotland.
Talbot, 67, indecently assaulted seven boys during school trips when working as a biology teacher between 1978 and 1981.
The former This Morning star had denied the offences and forced his victims to give evidence at Lanark Sheriff Court during a two-week trial.
But a jury found him guilty of seven charges and he is facing jail when he is sentenced next month. Talbot showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out.
It can now be revealed Talbot is already serving a five year sentence for sex attacks on two boys while he was a teacher.
He was jailed in 2015 for the indecent assaults on two pupils from Altrincham Grammar School.
Talbot’s trial heard he targeted pupils on school trips to Moffat, Dumfriesshire, and the Caledonian Canal in Inverness.
He urged young boys to drink alcohol before attempting to molest them in a sting of incidents.
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Last week, Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown, 54, appeared as a witness and told the court Talbot attempted to carry out a sex act on his friend during a school trip.
Brown said the boy had gone into a tent with Talbot but then rushed back claiming he had tried to molest him.
But under questioning from depute fiscal Imran Bashir, Talbot denied all the allegations against him and dismissed Brown’s evidence against him.
Talbot is best known for his former job giving weather forecasts on ITV’s This Morning (shown)
Brown had told the jury Talbot had been his biology teacher and taught him for four years in the Manchester area.
Under questioning he said Talbot had tried to sexually assault a fellow pupil during an organised trip.
Brown told the court the boy alleged Talbot had attempted to commit a sex act on him before he ran away.
He also told the court he had ‘waited 40 years to speak to a policeman’ about the allegations facing Talbot.
The offences, against boys aged 15 to 17, all took place between 1978 and 1981 and happened during separate trips to two locations in Scotland.
Talbot’s mugshot after his conviction in 2015
During the trial, a succession of witnesses, now men in their 50s who cannot be named for legal reasons, told of their initial excitement at going on the trips – sometimes the first time away from their parents.
At the time, Talbot was a young teacher with a more relaxed attitude than others and would talk to the boys about topics such as pop music, alcohol and sex, the court heard.
The men went on to recount how Talbot abused his position of trust to attack them more than 35 years ago.
One man told the court he was indecently assaulted as a teenage boy after a visit to the pub on a camping trip left him ‘very much the worse for wear’.
The witness told of his ‘horror’ when he awoke – after being ‘singled out’ to go to the pub – to find Talbot touching him in a tent when he was partially clothed.
Another witness gave evidence over a video link from Australia to recount how he awoke in his tent to find Talbot making a sexual advance on him.
A further witness said he was left ‘petrified’ when Talbot indecently assaulted him on a trip to the Caledonian Canal in 1979.
The jury found Talbot unanimously guilty of two of the charges against him. The remaining five guilty verdicts were by majority.
He was cleared of two charges – one of indecent assault and one of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices – on not proven verdicts.
Talbot, wearing a short-sleeved shirt and tie, sat impassively as the verdict was delivered.
Sentence was deferred until June 15.
The former This Morning star had denied the offences and forced his victims to give evidence at Lanark Sheriff Court during a two-week trial