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.