TV presenter admits sex offences

Peter Rowell, former BBC and ITV presenter who has admitted a string of sexual assaults on teenage girls.
Peter Rowell, former BBC and ITV presenter who has admitted a string of sexual assaults on teenage girls.
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A FORMER TV presenter has admitted to a string of sex offences on teenage girls.

Former BBC and ITV presenter Peter Rowell, 53, originally from Sunderland, also confessed to making indecent photographs of children and possessing more than 400 images.

The dad-of-one has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on March 2.

Rowell pleaded guilty to 12 counts of indecent assault following complaints from five women.

They took place between 1989 and the early 1990s when the women were all under the age of 16.

Rowell, who appeared at Bristol Crown Court, also admitted six counts of making indecent photos of children ranging from levels one to four, with five being the most serious.

Rowell was arrested on April 1 last year.

He sparked a police hunt when he went missing in March after failing to turn up to present his regular afternoon programme.

He was found in Keswick, Cumbria.

Rowell (below) presented the Afternoon Show on BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Somerset.

He was also a news bulletin reader on ITV West.