Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Michael Willis, 74, is jailed for 18 months

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Michael Willis, 74, is jailed for 18 months after being caught with nearly 500 child sexual abuse images

Michael Willis – stage name Steve Merike – worked with the BBC in the 1970s Willis was caught with nearly 500 indecent images after police raided his yacht He had previously told police he had been ‘intrigued by the Jimmy Savile affair’

Michael Willis, 74, was caught with nearly 500 vile pictures on his computer equipment, a court heard

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Michael Willis has been jailed for 18 months after he was caught with nearly 500 indecent images of children. 

Ex-Parliamentary candidate Willis, 74, was caught after police raided his yacht in Plymouth, finding the vile pictures on his computer equipment.

Willis, who went under the stage name Steve Merike, worked with BBC Radio One in the 1970s, and was also a DJ on the famous pirate station Radio Caroline.

He had previously told police in interview that he had been ‘intrigued by the Jimmy Savile affair’ and wanted to pass on his findings to a sociologist.  

Judge James Townsend has now jailed him for 18 months at Plymouth Crown Court – his second conviction for possession of indecent images of children.

Willis had been handed a suspended sentence at Leicester Crown Court in 2015. 

He moved to Plymouth, where he lived on his boat Appalachian Spring at Plymouth Yacht Haven.

Willis denied possession of 238 Category A indecent images of children on his computers – showing them being sexually abused by adults.

He also denied having 226 Category B images.

Willis, a former college lecturer and school governor, pleaded guilty to having just 10 pictures in the least severe class, Category C, on a memory stick. Police raided his yacht back in August 2017. 

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