[heading_block]Former BBC Radio Leicester presenter, Tony Wadsworth, and his wife, Julie Mayer, will stand trial next year for a number of allegations of sexually abusing children.[/heading_block]
Tony Wadsworth and his wife Julie, have been told by Warwick Crown Court that their trial has been listed for May, 2017. The couple, from Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, face trial over alleged offences dating between January, 1994 and February, 1999.
The couple appeared at Warwick Crown Court for what was intended to be a plea and trial preparation hearing. Tony Wadsworth and Julie Mayer spoke only to confirm their names. Mayer, was charged under her married name.
Tony and Julie face 5 joint chargers of inciting a boy under 16 to commit acts of gross indecency. Tony Wadsworth has also been charged with committing an act outraging public decency in Atherstone between January 1994 and January 1996. Julie Mayer also faces additional chargers of inciting a boy under 16 to commit acts of gross indecency, and a charge of outraging public decency.
Judge Andrew Lockhart QC observed: “I understand there is an application for there to be no arraignment.”
The couple have been off air since January, 2016, when they said they were dealing with ‘personal issues’. They are expected to deny the charges.
And the judge said: “The most important thing is to seek a trial date, although I understand there may be flexibility needed for how long it will take to try this case. It is a three-week case, max, as things currently stand. On the form I see all offences are denied, and there may be an application to dismiss some of them.”
Prosecutor Miranda Moore QC, confirmed this and explained that was one of the reasons behind the application for the Wadsworths not to be arraigned. The provisional date for the trial is 15th May, 2017, and the judge confirmed some witnesses will be giving evidence via a video or satellite link.
Judge Lockhart adjourned the case, warning that if Mayer and Wadsworth did not attend for their trial, ‘the trial may take place in their absence, which would be most unfortunate.’ The judge also ordered another hearing on 14th October, 2016 when any applications over the charges would be heard and the couple will be arraigned. They were both granted bail with conditions that they do not have unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18, apart from family members, and that they stand down from any charity work which may involve under-18s.
A BBC spokesperson said: “Tony Wadsworth no longer works for the BBC and Julie Mayer remains off air. We understand the charge does not relate to any allegation of their conduct or position at the BBC. This is an ongoing criminal procedure and we cannot comment further.”