Fred Talbot Guilty Of Indecent Assault

13 February 2015, 12:36

TV weatherman Fred Talbot, from Greater Manchester, has been found guilty of indecently assaulting two schoolboys when he was a teacher.

He was cleared of indecently assaulting a Gateshead teenager during his time as a teacher there.

Talbot, 65, a regular on the floating weather map in Liverpool's Albert Dock for ITV's top-rating This Morning show, was said by the prosecution to be ``a chancer'' who used his ``boundless energy'' and ``extrovert personality'' to gain the affection and trust of his victims.

The jury at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court cleared him of assaulting three boys but found him guilty of assaults on two boys.

Talbot was said to have been ``obsessed'' with teenage boys throughout his teaching career and ``could not help himself'' around them when under the influence of drink.

Talbot was remanded in custody and is to be sentenced on March 13.

Judge Timothy Mort said he did not require pre-sentencing reports but told Talbot his sentence should start today bearing in mind his ``abuse of trust''.

Talbot was passive as the foreman read out the verdicts. He looked slightly surprised as he was told he was to be remanded in custody and nodded to the jurors before he left the dock.
Updated 4th February 2015

A former Gateshead pupil of Fred Talbot has told a court he was indecently assaulted by him when he was 14.

The man's been giving evidence at the 65 year old's trial, however the TV weatherman claims the boy was 16 and it was consensual sex.

Talbot denies abusing five boys, including one from Gateshead, during his time as a teacher between the 1960s and 1980s.

Last week, Ian Brown told the jury in Talbot's sex abuse trial that his ex-biology teacher told him and fellow 11-year-old classmates how to perform sex acts and that he also showed a gay porn film in another lesson.

Talbot, 65, who denies claims he indecently assaulted five schoolboys between the late 1960s and early 1980s, dismissed Brown's evidence regarding his time at Altrincham Boys Grammar School.

Asked by his barrister, Suzanne Goddard QC, if he recalled Brown's evidence, he replied:
``I well recall."

``I don't think it even warrants comment."

``I think what he said, it was utter rubbish."

``Then he went on about a porn film ... it's just not fair."

``Can you image showing 11-year-olds something like that? Where would I get the films?"

``No, I never did.''

Talbot, of Bowdon, Greater Manchester, is charged with 10 indecent assaults relating to five schoolboys between the late 1960s and the early 1980s during his former career as a teacher.

Four of the complainants were teenage pupils at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, while the other was said to be a pupil at Eldon High School in Gateshead when Talbot was on placement from the training college.

Talbot denies anything sexual or inappropriate occurring between himself and the Altrincham pupils.

He says consensual sexual activity took place with the Gateshead complainant but that it only happened when the complainant turned 16 as opposed to when he was aged 14 or 15.

As he continued to give evidence in his defence - following his accidental fall from the witness box on Tuesday - he told the jury he did have ``sexual encounters'' with ``three or four'' sixth formers at Altrincham Grammar but said they were all aged 18.

The trial continues.