Paedophile former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning jailed for 13 years after admitting child sex offences
DISGRACED former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has been jailed for 13 years
for child sex abuse and even “offered” one boy to another BBC
The prolific paedophile, 75, from Basildon, used his fame to groom and sexually assault dozens of young victims in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
He took some of the boys to London on several occasions and introduced them to other celebrities, including Gary Glitter.
Denning, one of Radio 1’s founding presenters, was sentenced to a
total of 13 years’ imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court for abusing 11
boys, some as young as eight.
Judge Alistair McCreath said the effect on the victims, now grown men, has been “devastating”.
He described the offences as “utterly depraved”, and added: “It is not
to be forgotten that all of this suffering was inflicted by you for
nothing other than your own selfish pleasure.”
Denning previously pleaded guilty to 21 sexual offences, including
indecent assault and inciting boys to commit acts of gross indecency.
He is already serving a 13-year jail sentence for a catalogue of
sexual assaults against 24 victims, including one allegedly at Jimmy
Judge McCreath ordered that the latest sentence will start from today.
He told the defendant: “You groomed all of these boys. They were for
the most part in their early teens, although some were younger.
“You used your own fame, your acquaintance with others who were
famous, your familiarity with the music industry … to win their trust
and misplaced admiration.”
Denning lured boys into his house and plied them with records, alcohol
and cigarettes. He showed them pornography before forcing them to
perform sex acts on him and photographed them naked. He also took one of
the victims to the Walton Hop Disco, which ran from 1958 until 2001.
Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay said: “Denning would take one of his
victims out for pizza. He also took him on holiday, on tours of radio
stations and let him stay at his bungalow.
“On one of those occasions, in the bungalow, another well-known Radio 1 DJ was present and Denning offered the victim to him.
“The other DJ replied he didn’t do that sort of thing.”
He promised another boy that he “could use his connections to get him
into the music industry” and convinced him to pose naked for a photo
shoot, the prosecutor added.
He offered one of his victims a job at a disco and repeatedly had the
boy sleep at his house afterwards, where he would abuse him.
Mr Polnay said: “Denning took him to London, where he introduced him as ‘one of my friends’ to Gary Glitter.”
The defendant sat in the dock wearing a grey and orange tracksuit and
showed no emotion as two of his victims, both now in their fifties,
spoke of how the abuse continues to affect them.
David Burgess, defending, said Denning suffers from “various ailments” and may die before the end of his sentence.
He added: “His past has caught up with him, we are talking about events over 40 years ago.
“He is very sorry, he has expressed that before.”
Denning did not react as the sentence was imposed.
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