December 8 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
A freelance travel writer and former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter has gone on trial accused of a series of child sex offences.
Michael Souter, 60, of Low Bungay Road, Loddon, appeared at Norwich Crown Court today for the start of his trial after denying 19 counts of historic child sex abuse.
The charges, which relate to seven different boys aged between 11 and 16, are said to have happened between 1979 and 1999 and include counts of indecent assault and indecency.
The jury of nine men and three women were sworn in before Andrew Shaw, prosecuting, opened the case for the crown.
Mr Shaw said the jury will hear that Souter, who was dressed in dark blazer, blue shirt and tie, worked in television and radio and was “something of a local celebrity”.
Souter was also involved in the scout movement and was also a mentor in a link up scheme with Norfolk County Council which put him in touch with vulnerable youngsters.
Mr Shaw said: “The significance of his work and his involvement with the scouts and social services, is that these three roles brought Mr Souter into regular contact with pliable young boys and very often pliable young boys who were among society’s most vulnerable.”
He added: “We say Mr Souter is a deviant sexual abuser of young boys, particularly boys in uniform and those wearing shorts.”
The trial continues.