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Paedophile ex-Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning who ‘offered boy to BBC colleague’ jailed for 13 years


Chris Denning
Prolific paedophile Chris Denning already has a string of previous convictions for abusing young boys

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Chris Denning, the disgraced
Radio 1 DJ,  has been jailed for 13 years as it emerged he “offered” one
of his victims to another BBC presenter who replied that he “didn’t do
that sort of thing”.

The prolific paedophile, 75, used his fame to sexually abuse dozens of young boys in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

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 on Friday jailed for a total of 13 years at Southwark Crown Court for assaulting 11 victims, some as young as eight.

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
Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay
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 Savile’s house. Judge McCreath ordered that the latest sentence will start from today.


Gary Glitter
Chris Denning introduced his victims to other celebrities, including Gary Glitter (pictured)

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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.”

Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay said: “In the late 1960s up to the mid
1970s he was a famous DJ, having worked for Radio Luxembourg, Radio
London, BBC 2, BBC’s Light Programme and as one of the original Radio 1
DJs, where he had his own show.

“He abused his fame, and the trust placed in him by others, for his own sexual gratification.”

He added: “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.”

Denning lured boys into his house using his fame and plied them with records, alcohol and cigarettes.


A group of the newly appointed Radio One DJ's pose outside Broadcasting House in 1967. (Left to right) Pete Drummond, Tony Blackburn, Dave Cash, Kenny Everett (kneeling), Duncan Johnson, Chris Denning, Ed Stewart, Mike Ahern, John Peel, unknown
A group of
the newly appointed Radio One DJ’s pose outside Broadcasting House in
1967. (Left to right) Pete Drummond, Tony Blackburn, Dave Cash, Kenny
Everett (kneeling), Duncan Johnson, Chris Denning, Ed Stewart, Mike
Ahern, John Peel, unknown


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 Robert Stiggins/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

He showed them pornography before
forcing them to perform sex acts on him and photographed them naked. He
also took several of his victims to the Walton Hop Disco, which ran
from 1958 until 2001.

Denning 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 said that music managers would want to see photographs of him and
so he needed to take some. Denning then said the managers would need to
see his physique.”

He offered one of his victims a job at the 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.”

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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