Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

DJ DLT denies sex assault charges

Former Radio One DJ Dave Lee Travis has denied a string of indecent assault charges and one of sexual assault

Former Radio One DJ Dave Lee Travis has denied a string of indecent assault charges and one of sexual assault.

The 68-year-old, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, entered not guilty pleas at London's Southwark Crown Court to a total of 15 charges.

He is accused of 14 counts of indecent assault between 1976 and 2003, and one count of sexual assault in 2008.

Wearing a green jacket over a white shirt, he replied "Not guilty" to each of the charges as they were put to him by the clerk.

Travis, of Mentmore in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, familiar to listeners as DLT, has consistently denied any wrongdoing since he was first arrested on suspicion of sexual offences last November.

He was first charged on August 15 as part of Operation Yewtree, the police investigation prompted by the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal, but the accusations against Travis have no connection to the disgraced television presenter.

He was charged with additional counts on October 1.

Travis is currently on bail on condition that he lives at his Bedfordshire home and does not contact the alleged victims.

The counts that he denied today are:

:: One count of indecent assault on a woman between January 1 1976 and December 31 1977;

:: Two counts of indecent assault on a 15-year-old girl, both on June 17 1978;

:: One count of indecent assault on a woman on June 29 1978;

:: One count of indecent assault on a woman between January 1 1981 and December 31 1983;

:: One count of indecent assault on a woman between January 1 1983 and March 2 1984;

:: One count of indecent assault on a woman between January 1 1983 and December 31 1984;

:: One count of indecent assault on a woman between November 1 1990 and January 31 1991;

:: Two counts of indecent assault on a woman between November 1 1992 and January 1 1993;

:: Three counts of indecent assault on a woman between January 1 2000 and December 31 2003;

:: One count of indecent assault on a woman between January 1 2000 and December 31 2003;

:: One count of sexual assault on a woman between June 1 2008 and November 30 2008.

Travis is due to stand trial on January 14, and the hearing is expected to take five to six weeks.

The charges relate to 11 alleged victims.

Travis left court without speaking to waiting journalists.

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