BBC presenter Stuart Hall admits to sexual abuse charges

Another veteran BBC personality finds his reputation mired today, after admitting guilt in a string of sexual abuse offense cases.

Stuart Hall

Hall has admitted to sexually abusing thirteen victims, ages ranging between 9 and 17, between the years 1968 and 1986. The Crown Prosecution Service initially brought the allegations against the television presenter, labeling Hall as an "opportunistic predator."

The public broadcaster initially suspended Hall in December 2012 after allegations were first brought to their attention. Following his admission of guilt, the BBC announced that it had fired the 83 year old Hall from the corporation effective today.

A spokesperson for the broadcaster said in a statement: "The BBC is appalled by the disgraceful actions of Stuart Hall and we would like to express our sympathy to his victims. We will continue to work with the police to assist them in this and any other inquiries they are making."

Hall is set for a sentencing hearing on June 17th and is currently released on bail. The 83 year old was a familiar face and voice on various BBC television and radio programs, including the 1970s show "It's A Knockout" and sports programming.

Evidently, Hall first confessed to the charges after a hearing in April, but the admission could not be made public due to another ongoing investigation that he had raped a 22 year old woman in 1976. The charge was dropped after it was decided the victim would not appear in court. The Guardian reports that the BBC is working with investigators to determine whether any of the offenses took place on BBC property.

- It's A Knockout
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Written by: kyleiam
May 2nd, 2013, 8:10 am

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