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BBC radio stars Tony and Julie Wadsworth arrive at Warwick Crown Court with their belongings on the the final day of their trial 

You could not resist the sexual thrill of abusing young boys’: Judge blasts married BBC DJs as he jails them for FIVE years each over sex assaults against children during woodland romps

  • Couple convicted of five counts each of outraging public decency and nine counts each of indecent assault 
  • Incidents in woodland area and at their home in Warwickshire involved string of boys between 1992 and 1999 
  • Victim said Julie Wadsworth lifted her skirt and said: ‘Do you want to play with this?’ before performing sex act
  • Tony Wadsworth, 69, acted as ‘look-out’ during sexual activity involving his wife and a total of six youngsters
  • Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told Julie Wadsworth, 60, that she ‘loved’ that young boys were attracted to her
BBC radio stars Tony and Julie Wadsworth arrive at Warwick Crown Court with their belongings on the the final day of their trial 

BBC radio stars Tony and Julie Wadsworth arrive at Warwick Crown Court with their belongings on the the final day of their trial

Two BBC radio presenters have been sentenced to five years in prison after they were convicted of indecently assaulting underage boys in a woodland.

Husband and wife Tony and Julie Wadsworth were found guilty of encouraging six boys as young as 13 to take part in sexual activity, in Warwickshire, between 1992 and 1999.

The couple, regarded as the ‘Richard and Judy’ of local radio, were jailed for five years each at Warwick Crown Court today.

Sentencing, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said it was clear they ‘could not resist the sexual thrill’ of abusing young boys. He said: ‘I find that you both found that your sex life would be made more exciting by engaging with young lads in Mancetter Park and the woods near to your home.

‘You Julie Wadsworth loved that young boys were attracted to you as an older woman.

‘You Tony Wadsworth did all you could to encourage to encourage her and facilitate the events that the jury have heard about.’

During extensive careers working for BBC radio, the couple cultivated a ‘saucy’ Carry On film-style image and enjoyed the lives of local celebrities.

Tony Wadsworth was described as a cringeworthy ‘Alan Partridge’ character, while a former colleague said his wife regarded herself as like US model ‘Jerry Hall’.

The couple were celebrated regional figures, with Tony Wadsworth winning prestigious broadcasting awards, and known for charity work, including fundraising for Children in Need.

However, the full depravity of the Wadsworths’ sordid double life was finally laid bare during the six-week trial.

The jury heard how they ‘spiced up’ their marriage with alfresco romps and on one occasion, the couple had sex against a tree as teenage boys looked on.

Another victim told how Julie Wadsworth, 60, took his virginity in the woods while her husband, 69, kept watch with a camera.

It was also claimed Mrs Wadsworth performed a sex act on one of the boys after she lifted her skirt and said: ‘Do you want to play with this?’

A third boy described how she performed a sex act on him after she turned up in a cream ‘flasher’s mack’, wearing white high heals, stockings, suspenders and a split skirt.

Tony Wadsworth

Julie Wadsworth

Tony and Julie Wadsworth were convicted by a majority verdict of encouraging a string of boys to take part in sexual activity in Warwickshire between 1992 and 1996

‘Sexual Predators’ brought to justice 

Julie Wadsworth broke down as she was convicted by majority 10-2 verdicts of nine indecent assaults and five counts of outraging decency.

But she was found not guilty of two counts of indecent assault.

In a rare show of emotion, during the lengthy trial, she repeatedly gulped, swayed in the dock and wiped away tears with a black tissue.

Her husband, who acted as a ‘look-out’ during sexual activity involving his wife and a total of six youngsters, was found guilty of the same charges, also by majority verdicts.

CHARGES THEY FACED

Tony Wadsworth was accused of nine counts of indecent assault and five counts of outraging public decency.

Julie Wadsworth was accused of 11 counts of indecent assault and five counts of outraging public decency.

The incidents took place between 1992-1999.

They involved six boys as young as 13 years old.

The couple were found guilty of all charges, apart from two of the indecent assault charges which Julie Wadsworth was cleared of.

However, he showed little emotion and  simply handed a mobile phone to a solicitor  and hugged his weeping wife as they stood together in the dock.

The Wadsworths had claimed they engaged in or watched sex acts but claimed ‘young men’ were involved – not boys.

But the court heard how the couple had befriended their young victims and, once they had their trust, proceeded to sexually abuse them.

They were reported to the police when one of the boys attended a child sexual exploitation course and realised what the defendants had done to him was a criminal act.

Senior Crown Prosecutor David Rouse of the CPS said: ‘Tony and Julie Wadsworth lived double lives. In their public and professional lives they were a couple who came across as caring, warm and respectable.

‘However, in their private lives, they preyed on young, impressionable victims for their own sexual gratification.

‘I would like to thank the victims for their courage during this difficult and sensitive prosecution. They have helped to bring these two sexual predators to justice.’

During his trial, Mr Wadsworth told jurors he stepped aside in the woodland to let a young stranger engage in a sex act with his wife because it ’empowered’ her and helped her self-esteem.

The couple also claimed that they had ‘hanky panky’ outside because it helped Mrs Wadsworth with her body issues after a destructive former relationship.

The former broadcaster said: ‘It was a positive, because she felt empowered as a woman. That it’s not just me – the world and his wife can see the beautiful woman that she is.’

Julie Wadsworth

BBC Radio hosts Tony and Julie Wadsworth

Tony and Julie Wadsworth were sentenced to five years each at Warwick Crown Court. Left, Mrs Wadsworth in a raunchy shoot for the Birmingham Mail in 2002 and right, the couple while they worked for BBC Leicester

Dreamed of stardom: Wadsworth, a former nightclub dancer, was working as a seamstress in the theatre, when she met Tony Wadsworth in the late 1980s. Together they cultivated a saucy 'Carry On' film-style image

Dreamed of stardom: Wadsworth, a former nightclub dancer, was working as a seamstress in the theatre, when she met Tony Wadsworth in the late 1980s. Together they cultivated a saucy ‘Carry On’ film-style image

THE WADSWORTHS: TIMELINE OF SEXUAL ABUSE

Tony and Julie Wadsworth sexually abused young boys for the best part of a decade, from 1992-1999.

They managed to escape justice for almost 20 years, enjoying the comfortable life they had cultivated as local celebrities thanks to long and successful careers on regional BBC radio.

However, their web of sordid lies began to unravel when one of the victims attended a child sexual exploitation course and realised what the Wadsworths had done to him was a criminal act. They were charged with a string of sexual offences in August 2016.

It would be almost a year until a six-week trial would reveal the true depravity of their sex life, which included romps against trees while a crowd of young boys watched on.

Julie Wadsworth was found to enjoy putting on a show for her underage audience, with a judge seeing through her lies and telling her, ‘you loved that young boys were attracted to you as an older woman.’

The trial heard how she took one victim’s virginity in the woods, while her husband kept watch with a camera.

It was also claimed Julie Wadsworth performed a sex act on one of the boys after she lifted her skirt and said: ‘Do you want to play with this?’

A third boy described how she performed a sex act on him after she turned up in a cream ‘flasher’s mack’, wearing white high heals, stockings, suspenders and a split skirt.

Julie Wadsworth also admitted one boy ‘groped her bosom’ while she ‘just finished off what he was doing’.

The couple, regarded as the ‘Richard and Judy’ of local radio, were jailed for five years each at Warwick Crown Court today.

In court Mrs Wadsworth admitted that the couple ‘had sex in woods from time to time to spice up their sex life’.

But she claimed: ‘If we heard anybody coming we’d stop. We wouldn’t openly display ourselves.’

Double life of Carry On BBC radio hosts

As the disgraced pair, who live in a £375,000 five-bedroom house in Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, begin jail sentences MailOnline can reveal the extent of which the couple’s wholesome image was little more than a sham.

In fact, from the moment they first met, they both craved fame and fortune – although, presumably, not the infamy they now share.

Wadsworth, formerly known as Julie Mayer, even appeared in a ‘Naughty but Nice’ Children In Need calendar and in a separate racy photoshoot, appeared naked in a giant golf bag, in a tin bath and as Lady Godiva with a whip.

According to a former colleague, Wadsworth bore more than a passing similarity to Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan’s fictional radio host, with his cheesy catchphrases, inept behaviour and inflated sense of celebrity, while his wife was his willing sidekick, having dreamt of stardom since she was a child.

‘He was Alan Partridge turned up to 11,’ the workmate said dismissively.

Sordid: On one occasion Wadsworth stepped aside to let one of the boys, who was 14 at the time fondle his wife's (pictured) breasts while he pleasured himself

Sordid: On one occasion Wadsworth stepped aside to let one of the boys, who was 14 at the time fondle his wife's (pictured) breasts while he pleasured himself

Sordid: On one occasion Wadsworth stepped aside to let one of the boys, who was 14 at the time fondle his wife’s (pictured) breasts while he pleasured himself

‘She used to be a model or dancer in her younger years and thought she was Jerry Hall. They’re very good friends with Willie Thorne and other minor celebrities.’

Perverted pair met in the 1960s 

Mr Wadsworth first worked at BBC Radio Leicester shortly after its launch in the late 1960s, deputising for his father when he was on holiday.

In a biography produced when Mrs Wadsworth worked with him as a roving radio car reporter in the mid-2000s, Mr Wadsworth is listed as working as a freelancer for Radio Leicester, Radios 1, 2, 4 and the World Service.

The listing also detailed Mr Wadsworth’s success in winning a Sony award – the radio industry’s equivalent of the Oscars – for a programme chronicling the last weeks of a teenager who died of leukaemia.

The former senior producer and programme organiser at Birmingham station BBC Radio WM also won an award for the ‘promotion of space science’ while on air, and a special mention in the Queen Mother’s Birthday Awards for an anti-litter campaign.

A biography of Mrs Wadsworth issued by the BBC shortly after the couple moved to Radio Leicester detailed how the trained dancer had contributed to local and national radio programming and made TV appearances, including on Children In Need.

During their extensive careers working for BBC radio, the Wadsworths cultivated a 'saucy' Carry On film-style image

During their extensive careers working for BBC radio, the Wadsworths cultivated a ‘saucy’ Carry On film-style image

PEVERTED BBC RADIO HOSTS ‘EQUALLY CULPABLE’ FOR SEX CRIMES ON YOUNG BOYS, SAYS JUDGE

Sentencing, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told Tony and Julie Wadsworth they were both 'equally culpable' for their 'grave' offences and said they 'could not resist the sexual thrill' of abusing teenage boys

Sentencing, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told Tony and Julie Wadsworth they were both ‘equally culpable’ for their ‘grave’ offences and said they ‘could not resist the sexual thrill’ of abusing teenage boys

A judge told the Tony and Julie Wadsworth they were both ‘equally culpable’ for their ‘grave’ offences and said they ‘could not resist the sexual thrill’ of abusing teenage boys.

Sentencing, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: ‘Tony and Julie Wadsworth you are now in your 60s.

‘You are a married couple and you were married throughout the course of the offences. You are both equally culpable for these offences.

‘You were plainly very sexually active with one another. I find that you moved outside of your relationship for more sexual excitement.

‘Mrs Wadsworth, I dismiss any suggestion that you found penetrative sex to be painful.

‘I find that you both found that your sex life would be made more exciting by engaging with young lads in Mancetter Park and the woods near to your home.

‘You Julie Wadsworth loved that young boys were attracted to you as an older woman.

‘You Tony Wadsworth did all you could to encourage to encourage her and facilitate the events that the jury have heard about.

‘It was in about 1992 when you went into the Mancetter Park with the intention of having sex. This was plain.

‘You Julie Wadsworth were dressed in provocative clothing.

‘You Tony Wadsworth knew what would happen and did not prevent this.

‘You made it plain that you were engaging in sexual activity and those that were present were encouraged to watch.

‘It was staringly obvious to anyone that they were young boys. They were riding bicycles, climbing trees and were at school during the time.

‘They were acting and behaving in a manner that you would expect from boys of their age.

‘You clearly acted on their ignorance and enjoyed their innocence to what you were doing to them.

‘The instances of aggravating public decency were interwoven with the indecent assault, getting you aroused before the assaults.

‘It was a bait to rouse the boys out so that you could then abuse them. The law is drawn and enacted for those who by reason of their tender years cannot make reasoned decision.

‘This case highlights the danger of acts like this.

‘There have been ongoing consequences for some of the boys.

‘I have come to the view that all were damaged by these activities.

‘Their first sexual experience should have been sensitive and understanding.

‘The men who have stepped forward and given evidence in court have been damaged by this being their first sexual experience.

‘I have no doubt that these young boys will have carried a great psychological burden going into adulthood.’

The judge said there was a significant gap between when the next offences took place when the seedy couple decided to seek out a new group of boys.

He added: ‘I ascertain that once the sexual thrill had gone you thought about your actions and realised that this behaviour was illegal and would potentially cause severe damage to your reputation.

‘But clearly you could not resist the sexual thrill.

‘You would well have known that the boys that you engaged with in tranch one were grown up by the time the offences in tranch two began.

‘But you did not seek them out, but instead sought out a new group of boys.

‘Indeed, one of the victims was told that he was ‘too old’ when he turned 16.

‘[On one of the victims] He was nervous, that was clear, but you could not see passed the thrill to take account of his welfare.

‘[On another] He found you in the woods and you Julie Wadsworth got him to put his hand on your vagina and you pulled out and touched his penis.

‘This was a joint activity.

‘The criminality for you both is the same.

‘It goes without saying that these are offences so serious that they can only be dealt with by custodial imprisonment.’

In an interview with the Leicester Mercury three years ago, Mrs Wadsworth told how she was not particularly attracted to her spouse at first but accepted an invitation on their first meeting to have a look around at the BBC.

Mrs Wadsworth told the newspaper: ‘It was nothing more than platonic to begin with. We were both in relationships, we both had young children.’

But she added: ‘There was an inevitability about us. It was one of those things, there was no point fighting against it.

‘Working together has worked in our favour. We’re a double act – we bounce off each other. I know I can be a bit ditzy, but Tony keeps me on the straight and narrow.’

A self-professed daredevil, Mrs Wadsworth had a hysterectomy without a general anaesthetic so she could share her experience with listeners, and talked about getting ‘Baywatch’ breast implants.

Targeting boys for sex in woods wearing a cream ‘flasher’s mack’, stockings and suspenders… lifting her skirt to ask ‘do you want to play with this?’ Sordid double lives of BBC radio’s ‘Richard & Judy’ facing jail for child sex crimes

Disgraced: Styled as the Richard and Judy of local radio, Tony  and Julie Wadsworth, pictured, led a double life of having sex with underage boys in the woods near their home

Sex in the woods: Behind the scenes, the local celebrity married couple, who worked for BBC WM and Radio Leicester, were hiding a salacious secret – they indulged in sex sessions with underage children

 by Mark Duell for MailOnline

For two decades, they ruled the BBC airwaves, painting themselves as the ‘Richard and Judy’ of local radio and raising money for charities such as Children in Need.

In the beginning, award-winning host Tony Wadsworth, 69, anchored their show from the studio, with his wife Julie, 60, driving around in her ‘radio car’ reporting from local schools and village fetes.

Later, like the TV stars they so admired, they became a double act, sharing their lives with their listeners – Julie talked about her hysterectomy, having skin cancer and breast implants to get her ‘Baywatch boobs’.

But, behind the scenes, the local celebrity married couple, who worked for BBC WM and Radio Leicester, were hiding a salacious secret – they indulged in sex sessions with children as young as 11 near the home they called Knob Hill.

The full depravity of their sordid sex lives were laid bare during the six-week trial which heard how ‘spiced up their love lives’ with alfresco sex.

One one occasion, the married couple had sex against a tree while teenage boys looked on and another victim told how she took his virginity in the woods while her husband kept watch with a camera.

Another victim claimed that Julie Wadsworth performed a sex act on him after she lifted her skirt and said: ‘Do you want to play with this?’

A third boy described how she performed a sex act on him after she turned up for a sex session in a cream ‘flasher’s mack’, wearing stockings and suspenders.

In court the wife admitted that the couple ‘had sex in woods from time to time to spice up their sex life’. But she claimed: ‘If we heard anybody coming we’d stop. We wouldn’t openly display ourselves.’

Now, as the disgraced pair, who live in a £375,000 five-bedroom house in Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, with their cat Flossy, both face lengthy jail sentences for a string of historic child sex offences, MailOnline can reveal the extent of which the couple’s wholesome image was little more than a sham.

In fact, from the moment they first met, they both craved fame and fortune – although, presumably, not the infamy they now share.

Wadsworth, formerly known as Julie Mayer, even appeared in a ‘Naughty but Nice’ Children In Need calendar and in a separate racy photoshoot, appeared naked in a giant golf bag, in a tin bath and as Lady Godiva with a whip.

According to a former colleague, Wadsworth bore more than a passing similarity to Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan’s fictional radio host, with his cheesy catchphrases, inept behaviour and inflated sense of celebrity, while his wife was his willing sidekick, having dreamt of stardom since she was a child.

‘He was Alan Partridge turned up to 11,’ the colleague said dismissively. ‘She used to be a model or dancer in her younger years and thought she was Jerry Hall. They’re very good friends with Willie Thorne and other minor celebrities.’

Lookout: During their seedy sex sessions, Wadsworth, pictured, would keep lookout yards away while his wife performed sex acts on the boys in a secluded area called Devil's Cove

Lookout: During their seedy sex sessions, Wadsworth, pictured, would keep lookout yards away while his wife performed sex acts on the boys in a secluded area called Devil’s Cove

The couple’s fall from grace can be traced back to the moment they first laid eyes on each other in 1988 at the Haymarket Theatre in their hometown Leicester.

Wadsworth was an established radio presenter and father-of-two: he had been married to his first wife Karen for 20 years and had an 18-year-old son Paul and 16-year-old daughter Diane.

He was doing a charity stunt from Leicester to John O’Groats in a Model T Ford, and wanted to hire a Norfolk jacket and plus-fours.

She was a former nightclub dancer, who was working as a seamstress in the theatre, having abandoned hopes of a showbusiness career. A single mother, she had an 11-year-old son Simon.

‘Julie’s flair for ‘showbiz’ was evident from an early age,’ it states on Radio Leicester’s website.

‘She appeared in pantomime while still at school and went on to work for Leicester nightclubs where she mingled with the stars. From then on, she went fatefully into theatre where she met her match.

‘Tony Wadsworth popped in one day to hire a costume for a charity stunt he was organising and came away with more than he bargained for: a kindred spirit, co-presenter and ultimately, a wife!’ In an interview in their local paper, the Leicester Mercury, just before their 20th wedding anniversary, the couple described how they first met.

With astounding bravado, Wadsworth described himself as a ‘pipe and slippers kind of guy’, which has proved to be blatantly untrue.

As the verdicts were returned, Mrs Wadsworth repeatedly gulped, swayed in the dock and wiped away tears with a black tissue

As the verdicts were returned, Mrs Wadsworth repeatedly gulped, swayed in the dock and wiped away tears with a black tissue

‘I was working at the Haymarket Theatre, doing all sorts, including looking after the wardrobe department, when I first met Tony,’ said Wadsworth.

‘He needed a costume for an outside broadcast and came in to see if we had something suitable.

‘I wasn’t particularly attracted to him at first. I just remember he made me laugh. It was a difficult task finding something to fit, him being a small man. I ended up going into the children’s department.

‘I must have talked him to death because he said to me: ‘Have you ever thought about going into radio?’ He invited me to the BBC to have a look around. I guess my curiosity got the better of me.

‘He took me out on an interview and set me up with all sorts of equipment to have a go at broadcasting myself. I realised I had a creative side I’d never seen before – I’ll always be grateful to Tony for that. He basically showed me the ropes.’

‘I was rather attracted to her backside,’ joked Wadsworth. ‘Seriously though, I was most attracted to her personality. She’s bright and bubbly – most of the time – she has that quality, something very few people possess. She treads where angels fear to.’ Within a year friendship had blossomed into romance.

‘I found it quite terrifying,’ said Wadsworth. ‘I don’t mind admitting I shed more than a few tears along the way. The last people I wanted to upset and hurt were my children, to lose their love and respect.

‘The point came in 1989, when I was in Egypt, and determined to use the time to get away from Julie, to think. I was travelling the country and at every hotel I went to, there was a message from Julie Mayer at the BBC.

‘She just wouldn’t take no for an answer. It was like being dragged into a vortex, I was hanging on by my fingernails.

‘When I arrived back in Leicester, I’d made my mind up it was over. And then I saw her. The John Lennon track ‘How’ was playing. How can I go forward when I don’t know which way I’m facing? I asked her to marry me over a message from my computer to hers. Her reply was ‘log off’.

Wadsworth, 60, then known as Julie Moulds, appeared in the Leicester Trader in December 1979 when the paper ran a glamour competition featuring local women

Wadsworth with former Aston Villa star Mark Draper

Wadsworth, then known as Julie Moulds, competed in a Leicester Trader glamour competition in December 1979. Right, she poses for a photo with Aston Villa striker Mark Draper in 1995

They got married in 1994 at Leicester’s Great Meeting Unitarian Chapel. The bride arrived on the arm of her teenage son Simon. Wadsworth chose his son Paul as best man.

‘I’ll never forget it – it was a shambles,’ said Julie Wadsworth. ‘I arrived at the church, my son, Simon, giving me away, and heard the organist playing. I just assumed it was the music I should be walking down the aisle to, so that’s what I did.

‘I got halfway and saw Tony casually sitting on a pew, chatting to a guest. He jumped to his feet, and that’s when I realised what I’d done. How embarrassing.’

However, what they did not reveal in the toe-curling interview, was that while they were working at BBC’s Pebble Mill – before they even got married – they were spicing up their sex life by having ‘outdoor hanky panky’ sessions, having sex against a tree in full view of innocent children and luring them ‘one at a time’ to indulge their lurid fantasies.

On one occasion Wadsworth stepped aside to let one of the boys, who was 14 at the time fondle his wife’s breasts while he pleasured himself.

One of their six victims, fell into their clutches after he spotted Wadsworth sunbathing topless and she told him to ‘come and have a closer look’.

Over the next four years, he lost his virginity to her, having sex with her 15 times, both in the woods and at her home, while her husband watched and photographed them. Wadsworth once joined them in a threesome. Their victim ended up feeling like a ‘dirty pervert’.

Julie Wadsworth admitted having sex with ‘young men’ during the outdoor trysts, saying she helped a teenager ‘finish what he was doing’ and had a foursome with two others who groped her breasts and pleasured themselves, but denied they were underage.

Wadsworth, too, insisted he hadn’t done anything wrong.

But the jury didn’t believe either of them, returning guilty verdicts on nine counts of indecent assaults and five counts of outraging public decency; bringing to a close a deeply sordid and disturbing life together.

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