Dewsbury man guilty of sex offences

Dewsbury man guilty of sex offences

A WELL-known local disc jockey and former Mirfield town crier has been sentenced to more than four years in jail after pleading guilty to sexual offences against children. 

Russell Booth, 55, of Thornhill, received a 49-month prison sentence at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to an offence of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and two offences of causing a child to watch a sexual act. 

Booth, who also worked as a teacher, had appeared as an extra in films and a wide range of popular television programmes like Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Frost.

He has also been ordered to sign on the sex offenders register for life.

The court was told that the offences took place in 2014 and 2015 and involved girls aged 11, 12 and 13. Booth’s activities were exposed when one of the victims spoke up about it. 

Detective Inspector Charlie Manson of the Wakefield District Child Safeguarding team, said: “We welcome Booth’s sentencing today for offences in which he targeted young and vulnerable victims and utterly betrayed the trust of those around him. 

“I hope those involved can take some comfort for seeing justice done and from knowing that Booth will now spend several years behind bars. 

“All offences against children are treated with the utmost seriousness by Wakefield District Police and I can assure victims that all reports will be thoroughly investigated.”

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