A DJ friend of Jimmy Savile was branded a “monster” as he was led away from court to begin a 25-year prison sentence for a string of historical sex offences.
Ex-Radio Caroline presenter Ray Teret, 73, used his celebrity status in the Manchester club scene in the 1960s and 1970s to prey on his under-age victims who were between 13 and 15.
Teret – known as Ugly Ray – was mentored by Savile in the early days of his career and was described as following him around “like a shadow”, his trial heard.
The public gallery at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, which contained a number of victims in the case, erupted into applause when the sentence was passed on Thursday.
One woman shouted “Yes” and another said “Monster” as he was led to the cells. Teret shook his head in the dock after the judge completed his remarks.
Mr Justice Baker said: “It is clear that you exploited your celebrity status to sexually abuse young girls when they were between 13 and 15 years of age.
“Those who were raped had little or no understanding what was happening to them and felt they could do little to prevent the abuse taking place.”
He said Teret’s “ill-judged cynicism” that his victims would not come forward was matched by his belief that the jury would not believe their accounts.
The trial heard he raped a teenager who responded to his magazine advert looking for “the next teenage pop sensation”.
The 17-year-old who was given a “promise of the dream” of fame and fortune but ultimately the defendant did not find the budding singer “a jot of work”.
Savile and Teret also raped a 15-year-old in a flat and told her “you should be thanking us”.
Teret also took the girl to a flat in the Manchester area in the early 1960s and she “couldn’t believe it” when she found Savile was there.
Last week, a jury found him guilty of seven rapes and 11 indecent assaults which took place between 1963 and 1979.
He was cleared of various sexual offences in relation to six other complainants.
Greater Manchester Police has confirmed they are now investigating fresh sex allegations against Teret made by four other women.
Detective Chief Inspector Graham Brock said: “After decades of hiding behind the veneer of being a distinguished radio presenter, Ray Teret has finally been exposed as the manipulative and dangerous sexual predator that he is.”
He said Teret “cast a dark shadow” over his victims’ lives, adding: “I know from speaking to them personally how devastating the effects of his abuse have been.
“They have courageously relived their ordeal at court and should be applauded for having the bravery to speak out and bring this man to justice for his appalling crimes.
“Since his trial began, we have received four new complaints about Teret and our officers will now be investigating these fresh allegations. For obvious reasons I cannot go into great detail about those complaints.”
By Jack Sommers