Ex-DJ Chris Denning admits child sex offencesChris Denning



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Former BBC DJ Chris Denning has pleaded guilty to 21 child sex offences committed between 1969 and 1986.

The 75-year-old, from London, admitted the abuse of 11 boys as young as eight. He denied three other offences.
who was arrested in a police inquiry into the Walton Hop Disco for
teenagers in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, will be sentenced on 6 October.
He was part of the original line-up that launched Radio 1 in 1967, but left two years later.
The prosecution said it did not intend to proceed with a trial on the three charges to which Denning had pleaded not guilty.
He is currently serving a 13-year jail term for sexual assaults against 24 victims aged nine to 16 from the 1960s to 1980s.
He will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court by the same judge who jailed him for those offences in 2014.

What charges did he face?

latest offences Denning admitted included indecent assaults on men and
boys and inciting boys aged under 16 and 14 to commit acts of gross
The offences he denied were three counts of indecent assault.
Police said the case against the former DJ formed was part of its
Operation Ravine investigation into non-recent sexual offences linked to
the Walton Hop Disco which ran between 1958 and 2001.
Det Ch Ins
Jo Hayes said: “Denning, who was looked up to and sometimes idolised by
many young people, has used his status to prey on innocent children
which he has now admitted to.”
Four of Denning’s victims were in court to see him plead guilty.
Ch Insp Hayes said: “The four boys who Denning abused had moved on with
their lives and were now adult men with families and careers. Often,
they had not spoken to those closest to them about their ordeal as a
child and only recently, as part of this investigation, have been able
to do so…
“We can never go back and take away the abuse these
four men suffered as boys but I hope, in some way, today’s guilty plea
brings some closure for them.”

How famous was Chris Denning?

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Chris Denning, circled in this picture, was among Radio 1 DJs pictured when the station launched in 1967

Chris Denning rose to prominence in the 1960s on BBC television and radio.
was one of the first announcers heard on BBC Two when the channel began
broadcasting in 1964 and went on to be one of the original Radio 1 DJs.
Denning helped launch the careers of the Bay City Rollers and Gary Glitter, and ran his own music and video production business.
He remained a well-known DJ and presenter into the early 1970s.
allegations that led to his conviction in 2014 arose after the sex
abuse perpetrated by late Radio 1 DJ Jimmy Savile came to light.
arrest was under the strand of the investigation into offences not
connected to Savile, but the court heard he did use his fame to “entice”
This included taking some victims to recordings of Top of
the Pops, and in other instances, introducing them to celebrities
including Savile.
Denning had a number of previous convictions for abusing young boys.
In 1974, he was convicted of gross indecency and indecent assault but was not imprisoned.
was then jailed for 18 months in 1985 for gross indecency, and in 1988
he received a three-year sentence, this time for indecent assault and
possession of indecent images.
In 1996, he was handed a 10-week sentence for publishing indecent articles.
was arrested in the Czech Republic in 1997 and eventually jailed in
2000 by a Prague court for four and a half years for having sexual
contact with underage teenage boys.

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Denning, striped shirt, middle row, second from right, was part of a 1997 recreation of the 1967 photo

The UK tried and failed to have Denning extradited
from the Czech Republic, but in 2005 he was arrested at Heathrow
Airport, having arrived from Austria.
In January 2006, a British
court jailed him for four years after he admitted five charges of
indecent assault on boys under 16 during the 1970s and 80s.
He was then extradited to Slovakia, where he was given a five-year sentence in 2008 for producing indecent images of children.


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