Fred Talbot has today been found guilty of indecently assaulting two teenage boys in the 1970s.
The offences preceded his time as a celebrity weather man, during his time as a science teacher at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.
The very traits that endeared him to the nation – his energy, enthusiasm and personality – had earlier helped him gain the trust of his pupils and, ultimately, his victims.
Often fuelled by drink he seized upon opportunities that he had orchestrated to indecently assault young boys, boys who he gambled would find it impossible to speak out and tell others what he had done.
Well…one boy did speak out, and then another.
Even when he was not committing offences against isolated, young and vulnerable young boys, his behaviour – both at school and in particular on trips – was wholly inappropriate.
As a teacher he had a responsibility to nurture and safeguard those under his care, a responsibility he has proven to have had no regard for and that he abused in an appalling way.
He has accepted no responsibility for his crimes and forced his victims to relive their ordeal in open court, decades after it happened.
I hope they find some comfort and closure today knowing that their bravery has seen justice finally served.
Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to stress that Greater Manchester Police take all reports of sexual abuse