Jimmy Savile chauffeur jailed for 25 years for sex assaults

A friend of Jimmy Savile, the late British television presenter who was unmasked after his death in 2011 as one of Britain`s worst sex offenders, has been jailed for 25 years for a string of underage sex crimes dating back to the 1960s and 1970s.

Ray Teret was convicted earlier this month at Manchester Crown Court of seven charges of rape and 11 of sexual assault on 11 victims.

At the time of the attacks more than 40 years ago, Teret, 73, was a popular Manchester DJ who had also worked for Savile as a chauffeur.

Prosecutors told the court he had used his status to target young and vulnerable girls who were impressionable and in some cases simply star-struck.

Passing sentence, the judge Justice Baker said Savile`s death and media publicity about his crimes had been the catalyst that led to Teret`s prosecution.

He added: "Anyone who considers that society was a better place then than now to be a child would do well to reflect upon the evidence that this trial disclosed about that period; when sex education ... was rudimentary and sexual matters in general were little discussed within the home. 

"That state of ignorance was one of the main facilitators of your ability to exploit these young girls. It is clear that throughout that period and in those capacities you exploited your celebrity status to sexually abuse young girls at a time when they were between 13 to 15 years of age."

After the sentence, Detective Chief Inspector Graham Brock of Greater Manchester Police said four new complaints about Teret had been received since the case began.

"After decades of hiding behind the veneer of being a distinguished radio presenter, Ray Teret has finally been exposed as the manipulative and dangerous sexual predator that he is," he added in a statement.

Teret is the latest to be convicted of sex crimes in the wake of revelations that Savile, once one of the BBC`s top presenters, had sexually abused hundreds of victims over decades.

Dave Lee Travis, another radio DJ, was convicted in September and entertainer Rolf Harris was jailed in July. 

Savile, also famous for his charity fund-raising efforts, preyed largely on children at hospitals and BBC premises.

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