Former BBC Radio DJ Charged With 12 Counts of Sexual Offenses

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Dave Lee Travis is accused of indecent and sexual assaults between 1977 and 2007 on victims aged 15-29.

LONDON – Former BBC radio DJ Dave Lee Travis was on Thursday charged with 11 counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault.

He is accused of offenses from 1977 to 2007, with his nine alleged victims being people who at the time were 15-29 years old.

The former BBC Radio 1 DJ, who used to host music request show A Jolly Good Show, is 68. His real name is David Patrick Griffin, but he is also known by his nickname "Hairy Cornflake."

He was initially arrested in November as part of a broader probe into sexual offenses by late BBC host Jimmy Savile and others.

Chief London prosecutor Alison Saunders said there was "sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction" against Travis, adding his prosecution was "in the public interest."

Travis will appear in court next Friday to formally face the charges.

Prosecutors said they found insufficient evidence to pursue seven other allegations of sexual offenses by the radio veteran.

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