A Manchester disc jockey who abused his celebrity status to groom and then rape underage girls has today been convicted of a number of offences.
Over a period spanning more than 30 years, Ray Teret (born 24/10/1941), of Woodlands Road, Altrincham, used nightclubs and youth discos across Manchester as a hunting ground to meet young and impressionable underage girls. He would then take them back to his flat and rape them.
Today Friday, 5 December 2014 Teret was convicted of seven counts of rape, 11 counts of indecent assault. The convictions follow a trial at Minshull Street Crown Court.
Teret will be sentenced on Thursday 11 December 2014.
Teret was found guilty of abusing 11 different women from the 1960s to the 1990s.
Teret worked as a DJ throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s. He was a disc jockey on Radio Caroline, a famous pirate radio station, and Piccadilly Radio in Manchester. He also regularly performed in nightclubs and youth discos across Manchester run by Jimmy Savile.
Teret, who used the stage name 'Ugly Ray Teret' and even had a gold bracelet emblazoned with the word 'UGLI', would walk around the dancefloor selecting young girls and showering them with attention. Star struck and in awe of his celebrity status, these young girls would then go back to various properties Teret either owned or lodged in where he would rape them.
His offending finally came to light following the publicity surrounding the Jimmy Savile scandal in 2011. Moved by what she had seen on the news, the first of Teret's victims contacted police in October 2012 and Teret was arrested the following month. The ensuing publicity caused a domino effect and a number of Teret's other victims then came forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Graham Brock said: "This case has attracted a lot of media interest due to Teret's status and friendship with the late Jimmy Savile. And it is clear that Teret revelled in his association with Savile and used that cult of celebrity to meet - and rape - impressionable underage girls.
"We also must acknowledge that it was the Jimmy Savile scandal, and the mass publicity it generated, that encouraged these women to break their decades of silence and speak out, exposing Teret for the dangerous sexual predator he is. There are no positives to take from Savile's appalling crimes, but by prompting Teret's victims to come forward, someone who is still alive has now been brought before the courts and finally made to answer for their heinous crimes.
"But it is important we look past the lurid headlines. We need to focus on the the victims who not only suffered appalling abuse at the hands of Teret, but also suffered in silence for decades, fearing they would not be believed, that it was their fault or that it would tear their families apart.
"These women have bravely relived the trauma they endured and given evidence in a courtroom, which can be a very intimidating and adversarial environment. They each had the courage to speak out about Teret and I would like to pay tribute to each of them. After years of living with these horrible memories, uncertain of how to make sense of what Teret did, they now have the official recognition that they were abused and it is testament to their bravery that justice has at last been done.
"Teret was a man who abused his celebrity status in the worst way imaginable. The girls he preyed upon were naïve and inexperienced and in thrall of who he was. Some have described it as like being with royalty or like going to bed with James Bond. Teret traded off that status and treated the clubs he performed in as hunting grounds to meet his victims. Once he had raped them, he discarded them like objects and moved on to his next victim.
"This was not a generational thing. This was not how it was in the 60s and 70s. Rape has always been rape and Teret took advantage of his fame and his power to manipulate the affections of impressionable young girls for his own sexual gratification. It is clear from the cold, cruel remarks he made to the victims, and the fact he carried on abusing girls for many years, that he thought he was untouchable, convinced by his own megalomania that he would never be caught.
"I hope anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation looks at this case and takes encouragement that Greater Manchester Police will not let sex offenders get away with abuse, no matter how much time has lapsed. Status and titles are irrelevant - we will pursue anyone, no matter who they are, if they committed historic sexual abuse."
- If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.
- You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515.
- St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.Issued by GMP Press Office