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Founding Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning admits 29 sex offences against boys as young as nine between 1967 and 1984

  • Denning admitted 29 charges of indecent assault and gross indecency
  • He was one of the station’s original 1967 line-up of DJs
  • Denning was  arrested as part of Operation Yewtree in June last year
  • The 73-year-old from Essex has denied 12 other sex offences

Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has admitted 26 counts of indecent assault and three of gross indecency to a child involving boys as young as nine
Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has admitted 26 counts of indecent assault and three of gross indecency
Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has pleaded guilty to a string of sex offences against young boys.
He admitted 29 charges – 26 counts of indecent assault and three of gross indecency to a child – involving boys as young as nine when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court in London.
But he denied two counts of buggery, one of gross indecency with a child, eight of indecent assault on a male person and one of attempted buggery and will face trial on November 24.
The offences he admitted were committed between 1967 and 1984 and involved boys aged from nine to 16.
Denning, 73, of Basildon in Essex, appeared in court wearing a grey tracksuit and blue striped t-shirt and had deep bags under his eyes as he spoke to confirm his identity.
He was one of the original Radio 1 line-up when the station was launched in 1967 and worked alongside famous names including Tony Blackburn, Kenny Everett, Terry Wogan and John Peel.
He was also the first announcer heard on BBC2 when the television channel took to the air in 1964.
David Burgess, defending Denning, said he is in poor health.
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The court previously heard the accused suffers from a range of illnesses including Parkinson’s and diabetes.
 

Denning (third from right, middle row) famously posed for a picture with a host of famous DJs for the launch of Radio 1

Denning (circled) famously posed for a picture with a host of famous DJs for the launch of Radio 1 and Radio 2 in 1967. Back row (l to r): Tony Blackburn, Jimmy Young, Kenny Everett, Duncan Johnson, Programme Controller Robin Scott, David Rider, Dave Cash, Pete Brady, David Symonds. Middle row (l to r): Bob Holness, Terry Wogan, Barry Aldiss, Mike Lennox, Keith Skues, Chris Denning, Johnny Moran, Pete Myers. Front row (l to r): Pete Murray, Ed Stewart, Pete Drummond, Mike Raven, Mike Ahern and John Peel
he shot was recreated in 1997. Top row (l to r): Tony Blackburn, Jimmy Young, Robin Scott, Dave Cash, Pete Brady. Middle row: Bob Holness, Terry Wogan, Duncan Johnson, Keuth Skews, Chris Denning, Pete Myers. Front row: Pete Murray, Ed Stewart, Pete Drummond, Mike Ahern and John Peel

he shot was recreated in 1997. Top row (l to r): Tony Blackburn, Jimmy Young, Robin Scott, Dave Cash, Pete Brady. Middle row: Bob Holness, Terry Wogan, Duncan Johnson, Keuth Skews, Chris Denning, Pete Myers. Front row: Pete Murray, Ed Stewart, Pete Drummond, Mike Ahern and John Peel

DENNING’S CHARGES IN FULL

The former DJ admitted:
26 counts of indecent assault 
Three counts of gross indecency to a child. 
But denied:
Two counts of sexual assault
One of gross indecency with a child
Eight of indecent assault on a male person
One of attempted sexual assault
Denning also had a heart attack in 2009 and struggles to walk after enduring a spine fracture.
He clutched the side of the dock as he stood up to enter his pleas.
Judge Alistair McCreath said: ‘Mr Denning, your trial will take place on 24 November. In the mean time you will remain in custody.’
The former DJ was first arrested by detectives from sex crime inquiry Operation Yewtree in June last year.
Denning is the fifth person to be prosecuted under the Met police probe launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal.
Denning, 73, of Basildon in Essex, appeared at Southwark Crown Court today and was remanded in custody

Denning, 73, of Basildon in Essex, appeared at Southwark Crown Court today and was remanded in custody

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