FRED THE WEATH­ER­MAN’S ‘ORAL SEX ON BOY,14’ Court told of string of sex at­tacks

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TELLY weath­er­man Fred Tal­bot mas­tur­bated a 14-year-old male pupil “many times” – and once per­formed oral sex on him at a party, a court heard.

Tal­bot, 65, used his “bound­less en­ergy” and “ex­tro­vert per­son­al­ity” to help gain the af­fec­tion and trust of five school­boys he sex­u­ally abused, a jury has been told.

The for­mer ITV This Morn­ing weather fore­caster – fa­mous for jump­ing around a map of the United King­dom – is said to have in­de­cently as­saulted his vic­tims be­tween the late 1960s and early 80s dur­ing his for­mer ca­reer as a teacher.

Four of the com­plainants were teens at Al­trin­cham Gram­mar School for Boys, where Tal­bot taught bi­ol­ogy.

The first com­plainant to give ev­i­dence, who can­not be named, said he first met Tal­bot when he was a pupil at El­gin Se­nior High School in Gateshead.

He told the jury at Manch­ester Crown Court that he reg­u­larly vis­ited Tal­bot’s bed­sit near New­cas­tle and even­tu­ally shared a bed with him.

He said he was “stunned” on the first oc­ca­sion when he said the then trainee teacher in­de­cently as­saulted him.

Af­ter climb­ing into bed Tal­bot be­gan “ma­noeu­vring and push­ing bod­ily”, he said.

The wit­ness con­tin­ued: “It was like a push­ing move­ment and even­tu­ally some­one be­ing be­side and on top of me.

“He was touch­ing, rub­bing my chest, touch­ing my gen­i­tals, get­ting aroused. Put­ting his hand in my un­der­wear... even­tu­ally mas­tur­bat­ing me.”

Asked about his re­ac­tion, the com­plainant said: “I was stunned. I was 14 years old, I was in­ex­pe­ri­enced. I had had no sex­ual ac­tiv­ity be­fore. I was con­fused.”

He said sex­ual ac­tiv­ity fol­lowed at the bed­sit be­tween the pair “many more times” in the same pat­tern as be­fore and also when he stayed at Tal­bot’s mother’s home.

The wit­ness went on to say that Tal­bot touched and fon­dled him in the dark­ness at a lo­cal cin­ema “through­out the per­for­mance”, and that Tal­bot per­formed oral sex on him at a ball at his teacher train­ing col­lege.

Open­ing the case ear­lier, pros­e­cu­tor Neil Usher told ju­rors they would know Tal­bot as ‘ Fred the Weath­er­man’, he added: “The very qual­i­ties that made Fred Tal­bot so suc­cess­fu­las a TV celebrity – his bound­less en­ergy, his in­fec­tious en­thu­si­asm, his ex­tro­vert per­son­al­ity – helped him gain, we say, the trust of these boys.”

Tal­bot, of Bow­don, Gtr Manch­ester, de­nies 10 counts of in­de­cent as­sault.

The trial, ex­pected to last up to four weeks, continues. EN­ERGY: Fred on TV weather map

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