DJ Dave Lee Travis charged with sexual offences

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Vale DJ Dave Lee Travis has been charged with 12 sexual offences spanning three decades.

The 68-year-old, real name David Patrick Griffin, of Mentmore, was charged with 11 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault. He will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on August 23.

The veteran DJ, known as the Hairy Cornflake, was arrested in November as part of the investigation into sexual abuse following the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Chief prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, Alison Saunders, said: “We have carefully considered the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police Service as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to David Patrick Griffin, who was initially arrested on 15 November 2012 over allegations of sexual offences. A file of evidence was passed to the CPS on 31 July 2013.

“Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Griffin to be charged with 11 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault. These date from 1977 to 2007 and relate to nine complainants aged between 15 and 29 at the time of the alleged offending.”

The charges include assault relating to one potential victim as young as 15 in 1977 and the last offence is of a woman, aged 23, in 2007.

Travis’ solicitor Martin Bale said in a statement: “All I can say at this time is that Mr Travis is naturally disappointed that charges have been preferred and we will be taking stock of the position in the coming weeks once we have full details of the prosecution case. Mr Travis denies the allegations and looks forward to having the opportunity to clear his name.”

Ms Saunders added: “The decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and the DPP’s interim guidelines on prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse. We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.

“We have also decided that no further action should be taken in relation to seven separate allegations against Mr Griffin as we determined that there was insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.

“May I remind all concerned that Mr Griffin has a right to a fair trial. It is very important that nothing is said, or reported, which could prejudice that trial. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further.”