November 2016

Ambulance worker who appeared on Embarrassing Bodies is revealed as a paedophile

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A well-known former ambulance worker who appeared on the TV show Embarrassing Bodies has been jailed for child abuse.

Keith Roberts was caught when a victim’s dad spotted his daughter pulling up her underwear through the window of his caravan home.

The pensioner, known in Stockton as ‘Skippy’, won parents’ trust after others told them he was the “salt of the earth”.

The veteran ambulance technician had appeared on the Channel 4 show, where he underwent an operation on his penis.

But he’s now been locked up after he admitted abusing two primary school pupils.

“They had both said they didn’t want it – but he didn’t stop,” said prosecutor Rupert Doswell.

“He had tried to tickle one victim, but she slapped him.”

The 68-year-old plied the youngster with WKD alcopops and gave one a fiver in a desperate bid to keep his shameful secret.

He would take children to McDonald’s and on bike rides – even painting their faces.

But Teesside Crown Court heard how Roberts assaulted the girls.

At yesterday’s hearing, a victim’s parents said Roberts’ crimes had shattered them.

“It plays on my mind every time I see (my daughter),” said one dad.

“I feel like my battery has been drained and I can’t move forward.

“I hold a lot of guilt about what happened.”

The dad added he’d had concerns about Roberts, who would have children regularly popping in and out of his caravan, but he had been told he was a “good man”.

“Most people seemed to like him and referred to him as the salt of the earth,” said Mr Doswell about Roberts.

And the dad added: “He had us all fooled.

“I need him to know how much he has hurt my family.”

Appearing via video link, Roberts pleaded guilty to sexual touching and attempting to touch the girls.

He denied charges of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, which will now lie on file.

The acts were carried out at the start of October, but just over a month since his arrest, Roberts is now starting a 40 month prison sentence.

Jailing him, Judge Stephen Ashurst said: “You have thrown away that good character by your decision to assault two girls.

“There was, in my judgement, grooming.”

And he criticised Roberts’ attempts to silence his victims, who were not related to him, after warning them “Uncle Skippy” could be locked up if anyone every found out.

“It’s appalling behaviour of adults to try and put their behaviour on to children in respect of their own sexual conduct,” added Judge Ashurst.

“You behaviour has caused very considerable stress and anxiety to the families involved.”

He also made Roberts subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which could limit his contact with children for the rest of his life.