October 2016

Paedophile DJ Denning handed 13-year prison sentence

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Disgraced former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has been jailed for 13 years for child sex abuse.

The prolific paedophile (75) used his fame to groom and attack 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.

Denning 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.

October 2016

Radio One DJ ‘offered’ one of his victims to another BBC presenter who replied that he ‘didn’t do that sort of thing’

Shamed BBC DJ Chris Denning offered a child for sex to a fellow Radio 1 star who told him: ‘I don’t do that sort of thing,’ a court has heard. 

The prolific paedophile, 75, has admitted abusing 11 children, some as young as eight, between 1969 and 1986, and is due to be sentenced today.

The offences relate to an investigation by Surrey Police, named Operation Ravine, into alleged sexual offences connected to the Walton Hop Disco, which ran from 1958 until 2001.

Denning, one of the founding presenters on Radio 1, previously pleaded guilty to 21 sexual offences, including indecent assault of men and boys and inciting boys under 16 and 14 to commit acts of gross indecency.

Southwark Crown Court heard today that Denning ‘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. 

Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay said: ‘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 One 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. 

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. 

Denning, from London, has a string of previous convictions for abusing young boys. 

He is currently serving a 13-year jail sentence for a catalogue of sexual assaults against 24 victims, including one allegedly at Jimmy Savile’s house, from the 1960s to the 1980s. 

A number of his victims came to court for his sentencing, with two of them reading moving statements.

The defendant sat in the dock wearing a grey and orange tracksuit and showed no emotion as the men, both in their 50s, spoke of how the abuse continues to affect them.

David Burgess, defending, said Denning suffers from ‘various ailments’, including Parkinson’s, heart problems, cancer and diabetes, has had five minor strokes and is now wheelchair-bound. 

December 2014

Former Radio 1 DJ jailed for 13 years for sexually abusing young boys

Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning of Basildon in Essex has been jailed for 13 year for sexual attacks on 24 boys as young as nine

The 73-year-old, who was arrested in June last year by detectives from Operation Yewtree, had admitted a total of 41 charges over a period of 20 years from 1967 to 1987.

The majority of offences related to victims aged between 9 and 14.

The court heard that although Denning was today sentenced for abusing 24 boys, his past offending has seen him convicted of several more. But although his true victim count may never be known, it is believed to be in excess of 100 young boys, making him one of the worse paedophiles the UK has ever seen

One of the founding disc jockeys at the radio 1 station, the music producer molested children at the height of his stardom before opening a computer shop near his home, which became a magnet for schoolboys.

The paedophile lured them to his shop in Parkstone, Dorset, to look at video games and computers before asking them to do jobs for him.

Using his fame, Denning also enticed children to his home and a camper-van where he plied them with alcohol and indecently assaulted them.

History of Denning’s offending & Employment:

1959: jailed in Germany in for circulating pornographic pictures and served three-and-a-half years in the Czech Republic for paedophile offences.

1964: Denning become the first announcer heard on BBC 2 when it launched in 1964

1969: Denning left Radio 1

1974: Denning’s first conviction for gross indecency and indecent assault was in 1974, when he was convicted at the Old Bailey, although he was not imprisoned

During the 1970s, Denning was part of a group of child sex offenders based around a disco for young people called the Walton Hop. Other participants included convicted paedophiles Tam Paton, manager of the Bay City Rollers (convicted of child sex offences in 1982), and Jonathan King.

1970’s: Denning molested one schoolboy at Jimmy Savile’s home during celebrity party

1985: Imprisoned for 18 months for gross indecency with a child

1988: Jailed for three years for indecent assault on a 13-year-old boy and possession of indecent photographs.

1996: Imprisoned for 10 weeks for publishing indecent photographs. 

1997: Held in Pankrác Prison in Prague awaiting trial. This did not take place until 2000 when he was convicted of abusing seven boys aged under 15. He was released in 2001.

2005: Arrested at Heathrow Airport after returning to Britain from Austria. He admitted to five charges of the indecent assault of boys aged under 16 years of age, dating back to the 1970s and 1980s: he was convicted the following February and imprisoned for four years. 

2007: European arrest warrant was issued in December 2007

2008: Extradited from Britain to Slovakia, where he was jailed in October for five years after being found guilty of producing child abuse images. The offences in Slovakia dated back to 2002 and 2003. He had been briefly held in custody in Bratislava during 2004 following a search of his house, but then quickly left the country.

2013: Arrested in East London as part of Operation Yewtree, the investigation into sexual abuse

August 2014: Denning admitted to 29 charges on offences committed against boys

November 2014: Southwark Crown Court, Denning plead guilty to a further 11 charges. In all he has pleaded guilty to 40 sexual offences committed in the period 1967 to 1987 relating to 26 male victims, the youngest of whom was 9 at the time of the offence

2014:  Currently awaiting sentencing for 41 sexual offences against 24 boys as young as nine

Current trial charges – Guilty on all

1 x indecency with a boy under the age of 14 years between 1976 and 1977

2 x indecent assault on a boy aged 12-14 years between 1976 and 1977

1 x indecent assault on a boy aged 14-15 years between 1978 and 1979

1 x indecent assault on a boy aged 10-13 years between 1980 and 1983

1 x indecent assault on a boy aged 10-13 years between 1980 and 1983

1 x indecent assault on a boy aged 14-16 years between 1979 and 1981

3 x indecent assault on a 14-year-old boy in 1984

1 x indecent assault on a male aged 14-16 years between 1984 and 1987

1 x gross indecency with boy aged 14-15 years between 1984 and 1985

2 x indecent assault on a boy aged 12-14 years between 1967-1970

1 x indecency with a boy aged 9-11 years between 1969-1971

1 x indecent assault on a boy aged 9-11 years between 1969-1971

1 x indecent assault on a male under the age of 16 years between 1971-1973

2 x indecent assault on a boy aged 14-15 years in 1973

1 x indecent assault on a boy aged 13-14 years between 1973-1975

1 x indecent assault on a 14-year-old boy between 1978-1979

1 x indecent assault on a 14-year-old boy between 1978-1979

1 x indecent assault on a 12-year-old boy between 1978-1979

2 x indecent assault on a boy aged 13-15 years between 1978-1980

2 x indecent assault on a 12-year-old boy between 1979-1980

1 x indecency with a boy under 14 years between 1981-1982

1 x indecent assault on a boy aged 10-13 years between 1980-1983

1 x indecent assault on a 12-year-old boy between 1982-1983

2 x indecent assault on a boy aged 13-14 years between 1982-1983

1 x indecent assault on a 14-year-old boy in 1983

1 x indecent assault on a boy aged 11-12 years in 1982

1 x indecency with a boy aged under 14 years in 1982

3 x indecent assault on a boy aged 12-14 years between 1983-1984

2 x indecent assault on a boy aged 12-13 years between 1983-1984

Background on current trial

Born in Hayes, Middlesex Denning grew up in Cowley, Oxford, the only child of middle-class parents. Denning has said that he was a rent boy from the age of 13 and remained so until the age of 18

The Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning “used the allure of the record industry and celebrity” to sexually assault 24 boys as young as nine – including one allegedly at Jimmy Savile’s house.

Denning, 73, one of the founding presenters on the flagship station, used drink and drugs including ecstasy to groom his young victims.

He took young boys out to watch Top Of The Pops recordings and introduced them to a string of stars including the disgraced late DJ Jimmy Savile.

The prolific paedophile began abusing the boys in 1967 – the same year he was unveiled as one of the founding DJs at Radio 1.

He moved to Dorset in the 1970s where he opened a computer games shop and used the “exceptionally exciting” technology to prey on boys and abuse them.

Neil Moore, prosecuting, told London’s Southwark Crown Court: “The defendant used the allure first of the record industry and celebrity, and then the world of computer games, to entice boys into his company.

“He spoke to them about his career and the celebrities of the moment he knew.

“He offered them cigarettes, alcohol and drugs, bought them gifts and gave them money.

“He gave them access to pornographic material and gave them the means to do what they wanted in order to groom them.

“He took them to meals and took them to celebrity parties.

“He would introduce them gradually to sexual material by suggesting sexual experimentation is natural. He would then move to sexually abuse them.

“Often a number of boys would be present at his home at the same time. And on a number of occasions he took pictures and videos of the boys.

“He always seemed to satisfy the parents that his motives were good and sound rather than indecent, as they were.”

Mr Moore described how Denning sexually assaulted dozens of boys over the next 20 years while at the height of his fame.

One of his teenage victims told how Denning took him back to his home which was an “Aladdin’s Cave” of pornography.

Mr Moore told how Denning’s singled out his victims at discos, skateparks and youth centres.

He boasted of his “huge record collection” and asked many of the boys back to his house to help catalogue them.

His victims thought Denning was kind and “charismatic”, but soon the abuse would begin.

Denning assaulted one victim in the back of a Camper van and filmed the sickening abuse. Another victim was abused 50 or 60 times.

Mr Moore said Denning took one boy, aged 12 to 14, to watch Top of the Pops before repeatedly abusing him at his home.

He said: “He described being given alcohol and said initially he found it exciting and mesmerising because the defendant would talk about all the famous people he knew such as Jimmy Savile.

“He would also take them out for meals, concerts and took them to a studio to see filmings of Top of the Pops.”

Other victims told how they were taken to celebrity parties where they met Savile and music mogul Jonathan King, who both have since been unmasked as sex offenders.

One of his victims was 14 or 15 when he was abused by Denning. He said it happened at Savile’s home – although Savile is not said to have been involved.

Denning has admitted a total of 40 assaults over 20 years.

He pleaded guilty to 36 counts of indecent assault on a male and four indecent assaults on a child.

He has a string of convictions for sex offences on boys.

The case was brought under Operation Yewtree, the police probe set up in the wake of the Savile scandal.

Denning, of Basildon in Essex, wore a hearing loop and stared at his victims and their families, who had travelled from all over the country to see justice done, as he walked into the dock.

Sentencing of ex-DJ Denning delayed

The sentencing of former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning for sex attacks on 24 boys as young as nine has been adjourned after the prosecutor failed to attend court because of ill health.

The 73-year-old, who was arrested in June last year by detectives from Operation Yewtree, has admitted a total of 41 charges over a period of 20 years from 1967 to 1987.

The majority of offences related to victims aged between 9 and 14.

The families of some of his victims had attended London’s Southwark Crown Court but Judge Alistair McCreath said he “feared a risk of injustice if I do proceed today”.

Several members of the public left the courtroom in tears after hearing the news and were comforted outside.

But the disgraced DJ, who suffers from a string of illnesses including Parkinson’s disease and diabetes and finds it difficult to walk, was not brought into the court.

Judge McCreath said: “I’m extremely sorry that it has not been possible to proceed today.

“But I hope you all understand that to rush into this with a prosecutor, willing though he is, who is unprepared will mean injustice for those who are the victims of this as much as the defendant.”

Denning has a string of convictions for sex attacks on boys.

The attacks he is due to be sentenced for began in 1967, the same year he was revealed as one of the original line-up for the newly launched Radio 1.

After last month’s court hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Michael Orchard, from the Metropolitan Police, described Denning as a “dangerous serial offender” who committed offences against “a large number of young boys”.

He added: “Denning’s only redeeming quality is that he has not made his victims go through the trial process.

”I would like to thank the victims for their bravery and courage in coming forward. I hope that Denning’s admittance of guilt is the first step in helping them move on with their lives.”

Denning, of Basildon in Essex, will be sentenced at the same court on December 16.

He was charged under Operation Yewtree, the police probe set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

November 2014

Former BBC DJ Chris Denning has pleaded guilty to further abuse of boys aged nine to 16

Former BBC DJ Chris Denning has pleaded guilty to further abuse of boys aged nine to 16 during the 1970s and 1980s.

He pleaded guilty at London’s Southwark Crown Court to 10 indecent assaults on boys, a charge of gross indecency with a boy and another of indecency with a boy under the age of 14.

Denning, 73, had already pleaded guilty to 28 counts of indecent assault. He carried out this abuse over 20 years.

Sentencing is due to take place at the same court on 9 December.

The ex-DJ was first arrested by detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s abuse inquiry Operation Yewtree in June 2013.

Denning’s 40 offences were committed between 1967 and 1987 and relate to 26 young male victims.

Two counts of indecent assault on a male aged 16 years or over between 1982 and 1983 were left to lie on file.

He had previously been jailed for four-and-a-half years in the Czech Republic in 2000 for having sexual contact with under-age teenage boys.

And he was jailed again in 2006 for four years after pleading guilty to child abuse during the 1970s and 80s.

Det Ch Insp Michael Orchard, from the Met’s sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said of his latest conviction: “Christopher Denning is a dangerous, serial offender who committed numerous offences over a 20-year period against a large number of young boys.

“One of these victims was as young as nine years of age. Denning’s only redeeming quality is that he has not made his victims go through the trial process.

“I would like to thank the victims for their bravery and courage in coming forward. I hope that Denning’s admittance of guilt is the first step in helping them move on with their lives.”

Baljit Ubhey, chief crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in London, said the scale of Denning’s child abuse was “truly shocking”.

“The compelling evidence in this case left Chris Denning with little option but to plead guilty,” he added.

“I am pleased that the guilty pleas mean a potentially lengthy trial has been avoided and the victims will not be required to give evidence.”

Denning, of Basildon, Essex, was one of the original line-up of Radio 1 DJs when the station launched in 1967.

He was also the first announcer heard on BBC2 when the television channel began broadcasting in 1964.

Operation Yewtree is the Met’s investigation into the allegations that have arisen since DJ and presenter Jimmy Savile was accused of abuse.

The operation has three strands. One is looking specifically at the actions of Savile, the second concerns allegations against “Savile and others”.

The third strand relates to alleged complaints against other people unconnected to the Savile investigations

August 2014

Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning admits 29 child sex abuse charges

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The former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has pleaded guilty to a string of sex offences against young boys.

The 73-year-old admitted 29 charges involving boys as young as nine when he appeared at Southwark crown court in London on Tuesday.

He denied a further 12 charges and will face trial for those charges on 24 November.

The offences he admitted were committed between 1967 and 1984 and involved boys aged from nine to 16.

Denning, of Basildon, Essex, was one of the original Radio 1 lineup when the BBC station was launched in 1967. He was also the first announcer heard on BBC2 when the television channel took to the air in 1964.

He was first arrested by detectives from the sex crime inquiry Operation Yewtree in June last year.

Denning entered the 41 pleas with a clear voice. Judge Alistair McCreath told him he would be remanded in custody until his trial, which is expected to last up to two weeks.

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Chris Denning appeared at London’s Southwark Crown Court

In 2008 he was extradited back out of Britain (where he had served two years of a further four year sentence) and jailed in October for five years by a court in Slovakia, where he had been living prior to his extradition to Britain, on charges of producing child pornography

February 2006

Ex-DJ back in jail over sex attacks on boy

A FORMER Radio 1 DJ who committed a series of indecent assaults on teenage boys in Poole has been jailed for four years for child sex offences.

Chris Denning, 64, was tracked down in Austria by a national newspaper after going on the run from police in Britain.

Denning admitted four charges of indecent assault on a male under 16 in Surrey between 1969 and 1982 when he appeared before a judge at Kingston Crown Court.

Denning and disgraced pop mogul Jonathan King, who was jailed for child sex offences in 2001, are said to have preyed on boys at teenage discos in Walton-on-Thames during the 1970s.

Formerly of Grebe Close in Creekmoor, Denning has a string of convictions in the UK and Czech Republic for similar offences spanning more than 30 years.

He opened a shop called Zipprint in Parkstone in 1981, which contained video games machines and became a magnet for boys and young men.

Four years later, a judge at Bournemouth Crown Court jailed him for 12 months, with a further six months suspended, after he admitted a series of indecency offences involving teenage boys.

He was jailed in Germany in 1959 for circulating pornographic pictures and served three-and-a-half years in the Czech Republic for paedophile offences.

Denning was one of the first DJs when Radio 1 was launched in 1967, along with Kenny Everett, John Peel and Jimmy Savile.

After leaving the station, he worked as a music producer with the Beatles and helped launch the careers of the Bay City Rollers and disgraced glam rock star Gary Glitter.

March 2000

Paedophile DJ Jailed

A former Radio 1 DJ has been jailed in the Czech Republic for having sexual contacts with under-aged teenage boys. 

Chris Denning was jailed for four-and-and-half years after making a defence summing up speech lasting a record 44 hours. 

The judge found Denning and three other defendants guilty of having sex with under-aged boys that they picked up in bars andcomputer games arcades. 

The conviction is based on evidence given by the boys who said they were given gifts and money in return for sexual acts. 

Mr Denning told the court in Prague he merely befriended the boys and admitted only cuddling with them. 

His final defence speech lasted 44 hours before the judge interrupted him on Wednesday. 

Among other things Denning cited psychological studies on friendship between young boys and older men as well as the effects of time on the human memory. 

The case has dragged on since late 1997 and it is not clear whether he will appeal. 

One French defendant, who received a three-and-a-half year sentence, has threatened to go on hunger strike if there are more hearings.

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