DJ David Lee Travis sentenced

VETERAN Radio One DJ David Lee Travis has been handed a three-month suspended sentence after being found guilty on indecent assault.

The 69-year-old disc jockey was found guilty on Tuesday September 23 on one charge of indecent assault after a majority decision of 10 to two was made by the jury.

The DJ has said that he is ‘mortified’ and ‘disappointed’ by the sentence, after the judge admitted that the prosecution had not managed to convince him that Travis was a sexual predator.

Speaking to reporters after the sentencing, Travis said: “I was worried if the prosecution threw enough mud at me, some of it might stick.

“[It is] of little comfort that I was acquitted of so many other [offences].”

The crime of indecent assault for which Travis was handed his three-month suspended sentence dates back to 1995, when he accosted and groped a TV researcher working on The Mrs Merton show. His victim would later become a famous TV personality whose identity has been protected.

Of the crime, the judge sentencing the DJ said: “You took advantage of a young woman in a vulnerable position whose job it was to look after you that day.”

Travis was first arrested in October 2012 under the umbrella of Operation Yewtree. In February of this year he was found ‘not guilty’ on 12 counts of indecent assault, but a retrial was scheduled for the three remaining counts on which the jury were unable to agree.

Of these three counts, Travis was found ‘not guilty’ on one and the jury was discharged when it could not agree on another.

It is for the third count that Travis was found guilty, although his three-month sentence has been suspended for two years. 

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