December 6 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 20, 2013
Former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Michael Souter was arrested over allegations of sex abuse in 1993 but at that time it was decided that no further action should be taken, a jury heard.
Souter, 60, of Low Bungay Road, Loddon, is on trial after denying 19 counts of historic child sex abuse.
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The charges relate to seven different boys, aged between 11 and 16, and are said to have happened between 1979 to 1999.
Giving evidence at Norwich Crown Court, retired detective constable Terry Lowe said following allegations of sex abuse made by one boy he arrested Souter, at his then home in Wramplingham.
He seized a number of items from the bedroom of Souter including items from a locked trunk. He confirmed it included a number of sex toys, schoolboy caps, boys shirts and jumpers, three pairs of leather shorts, and other items.
There were also pornographic magazines and a book entitled “So you think you are attracted to same sex”.
He said in interview, Souter explained that he liked to regress to a time when he was 13 or 14 years old.
Mr Lowe said he sent the evidence he collected to the Crown Prosecution Service, but was told there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.
Another witness told how when he was about 14 or 15 he went on a caravan holiday, in Norfolk with Souter.
He said Souter behaved in a way which made him feel “uncomfortable”.
He said there was also a time when he was about 16, after he came out as gay, that Souter took photos of him and another man engaged in sexual activity after he told him he wanted to model. “Mike was directing the photo shoot.”
He also claimed Souter had shown him images on his computer of young boys aged 13 to 16.
Cross examined by defence barrister Andrew Hill he denied making up the allegations.
The trial continues