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Former BBC Presenter Michael Souter 'Strenuously Denies' Child Sex Charges

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A former BBC presenter has said he "strenuously denies" sexual offences against children, claiming that his links to the corporation attracted undue attention.

Michael Souter, 59, of Lodon, Norfolk, has been charged with 18 offences relating to boys, plus an offence against a man and one against a woman.

The charges relate to six different boys, including under-14s, and two adults and include serious sexual offences and indecent assault.

The alleged offences date between 1979 and 1999 and happened in Norfolk.

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Souter arriving at Norwich Magistrates' Court on Friday

The earlier charges overlap with Souter's career at the BBC in the 1980s, during which he helped launch Radio Norfolk including a stint presenting the breakfast show.

Speaking after his first appearance at Norwich Magistrates' Court on Friday morning, Souter said: "I am well aware this case is a stressful experience for almost everybody concerned, not just me. Irrespective of innocence or guilt, people have judged me before one word has been given in evidence in a court of law.

"Many people wonder how much coverage would have been given both in the UK and around the world if the letters 'BBC' had not formed part of my CV.

"The support of my friends and family, during what has been an extremely difficult period, has been overwhelming and humbling and I cannot thank them enough for their support.

"I would just ask that nobody else jumps to any conclusions before the evidence has been heard.

"I look forward to being able to prove my innocence and put this awful episode behind me."

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