Ray Teret ha been convicted of seven rapes and eleven indecent assaults on schoolgirls in the 1960s and 1970s. He used his celebrity status in the Manchester club scene to prey on the young ‘starstruck’ victims.
The Guardian reports: A DJ friend of Jimmy Savile has been found guilty of using his celebrity status to groom and then rape underage girls. Over more than 30 years, Ray Teret, 73, used nightclubs and youth discos across Manchester to meet impressionable underage girls. He would then take them back to his flat and rape them.
Teret, of Altrincham, was charged with 18 counts of rape, one count of buggery, 11 counts of indecent assault and three counts of indecency with a child. After more than 60 hours of deliberations by a jury at Minshull Street crown court, in Manchester, he was convicted of seven rapes and 11 indecent assaults but cleared of the other charges.
Two of his associates were also convicted. William Harper, 66, of Stretford, was convicted of one count of attempted rape, and Alan Ledger, 63, of Altrincham, was convicted of two counts of indecent assault, one count of buggery and one count of indecency with a child.
Teret, who will be sentenced on Thursday, worked as a DJ throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s, including for the pirate station Radio Caroline and for Piccadilly Radio in Manchester. He also regularly performed in nightclubs and youth discos across Manchester run by Savile.
Teret, who used the stage name Ugly Ray Teret, and had a gold bracelet emblazoned with “Ugli”, would walk around the dancefloor selecting young girls and showering them with attention. Starstruck and in awe of his celebrity status, the girls would then go back to properties Teret either owned or lodged in, where he would rape them.
His offending finally came to light following the Savile scandal. Moved by what she had seen on the news, the first of Teret’s victims contacted police in October 2012 and Teret and Ledger were arrested the following month. The ensuing publicity caused a domino effect and a number of Teret’s other victims then came forward. Harper was arrested a few months later.