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Former BBC employee to stand trial on charge of indecently assaulting woman

Dominic Harris, Press Association

A FORMER BBC employee will face trial over allegations he indecently assaulted a woman while he worked for the company more than 30 years ago.

Geoffrey Wheeler, 70, is said to have assaulted the woman at the BBC's studio in Milton Keynes in the early 1980s while he worked at the Open University for the corporation.

Wheeler, of Hopkins Close, Milton Keynes, allegedly put his hand up the woman's top to try and touch her breast, Southwark Crown Court heard.

He also faces charges that on at least 10 occasions he rubbed her shoulders and tried to touch her breasts, and is said to have repeatedly grabbed her and tried to kiss her.

He also allegedly tried to push his groin into her bottom, and is charged with touching her while they were in a car together on at least three occasions, when he also tried to touch her pubic area.

Wheeler - not to be confused with the BBC broadcaster and former Songs of Praise presenter of the same name who died in December 2013 - was charged under Operation Yewtree, the police investigation into historic sexual abuse in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

He denies five counts of indecent assault and was bailed to face trial in March next year.

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