Ex-BBC presenter jailed for sexually assaulting boy as another man held him down

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A former BBC radio presenter has been jailed after being found guilty of indecently assaulting a teenage boy.

John Mylrea Caine, 69, was sentenced to eight years behind bars at Caernarfon Crown Court appearing via video link from HMP Berwyn in Wrexham.

The court heard at trial how Mr Caine stood accused of indecently assaulting the teen, from Flintshire, in the late 1970s.

He had befriended the boy's family and used his sports car and job to "impress" his victim, the defence team said.

Caine had allegedly given the youth "behind the scenes" access to BBC Radio Merseyside after learning of his interest in radio broadcasting.

But, the trips to the studio became an opportunity for Caine to take advantage of his young companion, with the court hearing how he had "groped" him over his clothing on more than one occasion while they drove home from the radio station.

Another incident saw Caine perform a sex act on the boy while a second unidentified man held him down.

The judge stressed that none of the alleged incidents occurred whilst on BBC property.

The court was also told how Mr Caine was previously arrested, charged and convicted for similar offences against teenage boys – during the 70s, 80s and 90s – at a court in Manchester over two decades ago, despite his crimes against the North Wales victim not being heard until now.

While the victim has remained unidentified for legal reasons, prosecutor James Wilson shared a statement from him with the court where he said Caine's actions had "defined his whole life", forcing him to live with "a particular intense feeling of guilt" that "invaded every possible aspect" of his life.

He said: "These incidents have effectively split my life into two parts – the one that existed before they [the attacks] took place and the one that I've endured ever since. I feel that I have never returned to the person that I was or became the person I would or could have been had these things not happened."

Defending Mr Caine, Simon Mintz said there is "rarely" much to say in cases such as these. He highlighted that while his client is "blessed with relatively good health", he is approaching his seventies meaning prison will be "even harder to bear" than usual.

He informed the court that after the "destruction" of his broadcasting career, Caine had rebuilt his life after being handed a prison term by a judge at Manchester Crown Court and ran a bed and breakfast in the Welsh countryside alongside freelance media work.

Judge Timothy Petts passed down an eight-year jail term and imposed a sexual harm prevention order on him for the next 20 years.

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He will also be on the sex offenders register for the remainder his life.

Judge Petts said: "In the 1970s, you befriended and indeed groomed [the victim] who was then a teenager with an interest in the world of radio broadcasting. You clearly impressed him with your personality, your sports car and the behind the scenes access you gave him to BBC Radio Merseyside.

"He frequently went there with you at weekends where, I'm sure his presence was unremarkable in those days. These assaults collectively have had a profound and long-lasting impact on [the victim's] life. It has been accepted that what you did overall has caused him severe psychological harm."

Following the sentencing, Detective Inspector Iolo Edwards from North Wales Police's Amethyst team said: “Following a detailed investigation into these historic offences, I welcome today’s sentence – and my thoughts as always are with the victim. This investigation demonstrates that we will not let time be a barrier to discovering the truth or obtaining justice.

“Any person affected by sexual violence can obtain confidential advice and support from the North Wales Sexual Assault referral centre on 0808 156 3658.”

If you have been affected by this story, contact Rape Crisis England & Wales for free confidential support and information on 08088029999 or their website or 08088010302 if you're calling from Scotland.

You can contact the Domestic and Sexual Abuse helpline on 0808 802 1414 if you are in Ireland.

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