Disgraced DJ Barry Bethel, who became the face of Slimfast in the 1990s, dies aged 80 after being jailed for sexually assaulting young woman
Bethel was convicted of sexually abusing a 13-year-old between 2004 and 2008.
Disgraced DJ Barry Bethel who became the face of Slimfast in the 1990s has died aged 80 after being jailed for sexually assaulting a young girl.
The convicted pedophile gained notoriety for appearing in TV commercials for a weight-loss firm.
The ‘diet king’ was known for the catchphrase ‘I can’t believe I was fat!’ After throwing five stones.
The Sun reports that Bethel, who was jailed for four years for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 2009, has died.
Bethel, of Chestfield, Kent, lured the teenage girl to his home in Whitstable, Kent, and promised to help her break into showbiz.
Disgraced DJ Barry Bethel (pictured) who became the face of Slimfast in the 1990s has died aged 80 after being jailed for sexually assaulting a young girl.
Bethel was known for the catchphrase ‘I can’t believe I was fat!’ After throwing five stones in ad
The pedophile showered her with gifts and gave her sweets and fizzy drinks in exchange for her silence as she abused him.
Bethel was convicted of sexually abusing the teenager between 2004 and 2008 and three counts of making indecent photographs of a child.
The late DJ pleaded guilty to eight other offences, seven of which were for taking indecent images of children and another for possessing indecent images from the internet which he had downloaded.
When Bethel was sentenced, Judge Adele Williams said: ‘You did it, in my judgment, for your own sexual purposes.’
He added: ‘You don’t begin to recognize the damage you’ve done to these young lives.’
Bethel, who worked on various radio stations and the TV show After the War Famous in 2002, maintained that he had a ‘harmless’ friendship with the girl.
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