Ex-BBC man accused of sex offences

Former BBC presenter Mike Souter is charged with sexual offences against children which he denies. Credit: ITV Anglia

A former BBC employee from Norfolk has appeared in court accused of sexual offences against children.

Michael Souter, of Low Bungay Road, Loddon, has been charged with 18 offences relating to boys, plus one offence against a man and one against a woman.

The charges relate to six different boys, including under-14s, and two adults and include serious sexual offences and indecent assault. The offences date back to between 1979 and 1999 and happened in Norfolk.

Outside court, Souter said he looked forward to proving his innocence:

"Irrespective of innocence or guilt, people have judged me before one word has been given in evidence in a court of law. Many people wonder how much coverage would have been given both in the UK and around the world if the letters 'BBC' had not formed part of my CV."