Swansea Radio DJ Kevin Johns found not guilty of indecent assault of teenage boy

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Radio DJ Kevin Johns has been found not guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy 40 years ago.

Mr Johns, 60, denied two counts of indecent assault on a 14-year-old boy in Swansea in the 1980s.

When the verdict was delivered at Caernarfon Crown Court on Friday morning, Mr Johns whispered "thank you, thank you" to the jury from the dock.

Judge, Timothy Petts, told Mr Johns: "You leave with your good name intact and without a mark on your reputation."

Kevin Johns had a daily breakfast radio show in Swansea and was also an announcer for Swansea City FC.

Mr Johns hosted a daily breakfast show on Swansea Sound for 25 years and was the stadium announcer for Swansea City FC at the Liberty Stadium.

He regularly appeared in pantomime, including in Swansea's Grand Theatre, and was awarded an MBE in 2013.

During the trial, Mr Johns denied he had ever been alone with the complainant and said the accuser was lying.

Mr Johns said that throughout his life he had "worked and fought to protect children from situations like this."

He told the jury, "I feel sorry for anyone who has gone through that situation but it was nothing to do with me."

Mr Johns was cleared by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court on Friday 30 April.

Following his acquittal, a statement has been released on behalf of Kevin Johns. The statement thanks his legal team, the jury and courts "for ensuring that justice was done, and seed to be done, in a fair and unbiased crucible."

It also thanks people who have reached out with support for Mr Johns at this time, stating that "the kind wishes he has received from across the community have kept him going through these darkest months".The statement continues: "The nature of these allegations sicken Mr Johns to the core. They go against everything that he stands for. He has always denied these offences and has never shied away from defending himself in these proceedings and the initial police investigation. He is thankful that finally, he is exonerated."Mr Johns and his family would ask for time to reflect, regroup and consider his next move. These proceedings, by their very nature, have had a catastrophic effect on Mr John’s life and career. A career which he cherished, we all cherished, and has been all but lost."We will make further comment in relation to the investigation once I have taken instructions from my client.”