Ray Teret: Jailed For 25 Years

Ray Teret, has been branded a ``monster'' as a judge sentenced him to 25 years in jail for a string of historical sex offences in Manchester.

Ray Teret, 73, used his celebrity status in the Manchester club scene in the 1960s and 1970s to prey on his under-age victims who were between 13 and 15.

Teret - known as Ugly Ray - was mentored by Savile in the early days of his career and was described as following him around ``like a shadow'', his trial heard.

Sentencing him at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, Mr Justice Baker said: ``It is clear that you exploited your celebrity status to sexually abuse young girls when they were between 13 and 15 years of age.

``Those who were raped had little or no understanding what was happening to them and felt they could do little to prevent the abuse taking place.''

He said Teret's ``ill-judged cynicism'' that his victims would not come forward was matched by his belief that the jury would not believe their accounts.

The public gallery, which contained a number of complainants in the case, erupted into applause when the sentence was passed.

One woman shouted ``Yes'' and another said ``Monster'' as he was led to the cells. Teret shook his head in the dock after the judge completed his remarks.

Last week a jury found him guilty of seven rapes and 11 indecent assaults which took place between 1963 and 1979. He was cleared of various sexual offences in relation to six other complainants.

In the wake of the trial, Greater Manchester Police confirmed they are investigating fresh sex allegations against Teret made by four other women.

Detective Chief Inspector Graham Brock Teret ``cast a dark shadow'' over his victims' lives, adding: ``I know from speaking to them personally how devastating the effects of his abuse have been. They have courageously relived their ordeal at court and should be applauded for having the bravery to speak out and bring this man to justice for his appalling crimes.

``Since his trial began, we have received four new complaints about Teret and our officers will now be investigating these fresh allegations. For obvious reasons I cannot go into great detail about those complaints.''

The judge said Teret's abuse had led to some victims committing self-harm, some sought solace in alcohol, others needed psychiatric and medical treatment, while many had difficulties in forming relationships with partners and their own children.

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