Denning sentenced for sex crimes

Published: Tuesday 9th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning will be sentenced today for a string of sex offences against young boys.

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 20-year period.

The offences involved 26 male victims who were abused between 1967 and 1987, including one boy who was just nine years old.

Denning pleaded guilty to 10 charges of indecent assault on a male, a charge of gross indecency and another of indecency with a child, when he appeared in custody at London’s Southwark Crown Court last month.

He had previously admitted 29 charges – including 26 counts of indecent assault on a male and three of indecency with a child – at an earlier hearing in August.

Denning was one of the original Radio 1 line-up when the station was launched in 1967. He was also the first announcer heard on BBC2 when the television channel took to the air in 1964.

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”.

“Denning’s only redeeming quality is that he has not made his victims go through the trial process,” he said.

”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 Southwark Crown Court by Judge Alistair McCreath.

Published: Tuesday 9th December 2014 by The News Editor

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