January 2020

Radio DJ escaped jail despite being caught in a police paedophile sting operation

A radio DJ has escaped jail despite being caught in a police paedophile sting operation trying to meet a child for sex at a branch of Greggs.

Terry Turner, 34, was most recently presenting on Embrace Radio in Northamptonshire, and he had been a presenter on HCR 104fm in Huntingdon, Diesel City Radio in Peterborough and BCR in Bedford.

However in November, Turner began to send sexual messages to someone he believed to be a 14-year-old. He even arranged to meet the child at Greggs in Huntingdon, with full intention of having sex.

But the presenter was caught out and before he could get to the bakery, was arrested by police on December 2

He had fallen foul of a police sting, and the 14-year-old he believed he had been messaging was actually a police officer and arrested.

Turner was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court, appearing via video link from prison.

He admitted inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child but was spared an immediate prison sentence.

Passing sentence at Cambridge Crown Court, Judge David Farrell QC told Turner: “You became involved in conversations with a person you knew full well was only 14 years of age. Conversations of a sexual nature were undertaken and you discussed plans and arrangements to have sexual activity.

Turner was given two suspended prison sentences of 12 months and four months to run concurrently.