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How sick Denning tried to defend himself: Paedophile DJ claimed spending teenage years as rent boy and desire not to be lonely fuelled his crimes during 2001 interview

Published December 18, 2014 by misty534
  • Chris Denning gave interview in Prague after spending three years in jail
  • Former BBC man, 73, sexually abused underage boys in Czech Republic
  • Said at time: ‘What am I supposed to do? Live my whole life on my own?’
  • Yesterday, Denning was jailed for 13 years in London for other assaults

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A disturbing interview by Chris Denning – in which he described himself as a ‘bizarre person’ – emerged last night as the former BBC DJ was jailed for sexual assault.

The 73-year-old paedophile gave the interview in Prague in 2001 after spending more than three years in jail for sexually abusing underage boys in the Czech Republic.

Before leaving Pankrác Prison in the city, he tried to defend himself by claiming that his crimes were fuelled by a desire not to be lonely and spending his teenage years as a rent boy.

Speaking to reporter James Pitkin of The Prague Post, he said: ‘It’s just what happened. And what am I supposed to do? Live my whole life on my own? I wasn’t prepared to do that.

He added: ‘If anyone could prove that this hurts anyone, I would never do it again and I never would have done it in the first place. They base their prejudice on pseudo-science and preposterous notions.

‘I think the root of my condition, if you can call it that, is that I only felt comfortable with boys who wanted to do the same thing. That’s where the guilt comes in, because I felt I was a dirty boy.’

Denning said he was a male prostitute from the age of 13 and often formed lasting friendships with boys.

But he was sent to prison for four years for the sexual abuse of eight boys in Prague in 1997, with a court hearing that he paid the children, all under the local age of consent of 15, for sex acts.

Paid local boys for sex acts: Denning (left) is escorted by a justice guard to a court hearing in the Czech Republic in March 2000, three years after he was jailed for the sexual abuse of eight boys in Prague in 1997

Paid local boys for sex acts: Denning (left) is escorted by a justice guard to a court hearing in the Czech Republic in March 2000, three years after he was jailed for the sexual abuse of eight boys in Prague in 1997

The interview in the English-language newspaper was reprinted in full by The Independent today.

Yesterday, Denning was jailed at Southwark Crown Court in central London for 13 years for sexually assaulting 24 boys – including one allegedly at Jimmy Savile’s house.

Denning, one of the founding presenters on Radio One, ‘used the allure of the record industry and celebrity’ to seduce and groom his victims.

He took boys to watch Top of the Pops recordings and introduced them to stars including Savile. He began assaulting the boys in 1967 – the same year he was unveiled as one of the founding DJs.

Court sketch: Denning was jailed at Southwark Crown Court in central London yesterday for 13 years for sexually assaulting 24 boys - including one allegedly at Jimmy Savile's house

Court sketch: Denning was jailed at Southwark Crown Court in central London yesterday for 13 years for sexually assaulting 24 boys – including one allegedly at Jimmy Savile’s house

And he continued his campaign of abuse against boys as young as 10 for two decades. He later opened computer games shops and used the ‘exceptionally exciting’ technology to prey on boys.

Denning, of Basildon, Essex, stared at his victims and their families – who had travelled from all over the country to see justice done – as he strolled into the dock for the sentencing.

The former DJ, who suffers from a string of health problems including Parkinson’s, admitted 40 assaults – 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 inquiry set up in the wake of the Savile scandal.

Mark Durell

Paedophile Radio DJ pleads guilty to sex offences

Published November 15, 2014 by misty534

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FORMER Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has admitted 41 sex charges against young boys in crimes spanning 20 years.

Denning, 73, of Essex, pleaded guilty to ten 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 Southwark Crown Court in London.

He has previously admitted 29 charges – including 26 counts of indecent assault on a male and three of indecency with a child – at a hearing at Southwark Crown Court in August.

One of his victims was just nine years old.

Denning is set to be sentenced on 41 charges when he next appears in custody at the same court on 9 December.

Scotland Yard said the offences involve 26 male victims who were assaulted between 1967 and 1987.

Yesterday, Denning also denied one count of indecent assault on a male person.

He was one of the original Radio 1 line-up when the BBC station was launched in 1967.

Denning 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 sex-crime inquiry Operation Yewtree in June last year.

After the hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Michael Orchard, from the sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said: “Christopher Denning is a dangerous serial offender who committed ­numerous offences over a 20-year period 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.

“I would like to thank the victims for their bravery and courage in coming forward.

“I hope Denning’s admittance of guilt is the first step in helping them move on with their lives.”

The former DJ had previously been jailed for four and a half years in the Czech Republic in 2000 for having sexual contact with underage teenage boys.

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

Baljit Ubhey, chief crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in London, said: “The scale of Chris Denning’s child sexual abuse is truly shocking. His offending spanned 20 years and his youngest victim was aged just nine at the time of the attack.

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

Operation Yewtree is the Met’s investigation into allegations that have arisen since presenter Jimmy Savile was accused of abuse. The operation has three strands. One is looking at the actions of Savile, the second concerns allegations against “Savile and others”. The third relates to alleged complaints against other people unconnected to the Savile investigations.

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Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning, 72, is revealed as 13th man to be arrested on suspicion of sexual offences as part of Operation Yewtree

Published June 6, 2013 by misty534
  • Chris Denning, 72, was detained on Monday at a hostel in East London
  • He was arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile scandal

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A former Radio 1 DJ has been arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Chris Denning, 72, was detained on Monday at a hostel in East London by officers working on Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree.

Police said the suspect, whom they have not formally named, was questioned on suspicion of sexual offences.

But today it emerged that the arrested man was Denning and that he was quizzed over ‘historic allegations’.

It is understood he is not accused of any offences with Savile, a former colleague.

Denning famously posed for a picture with a host of famous DJs for the launch of Radio 1 and Radio 2 in 1967.

Among those alongside him were Tony Blackburn, Jimmy Young, Kenny Everett, Terry Wogan, Pete Murray, Ed Stewart and John Peel.

After leaving Radio 1, Denning helped launched the career of Gary Glitter and later moved overseas.

In recent times, he has been staying at a hostel for the homeless in East London, which the Mail is not identifying for legal reasons.

There was no sign of him there on Tuesday or yesterday, but sources confirmed he had been a resident there.

Scotland Yard said Denning, the 13th man to be detained by Yewtree, was arrested on Monday afternoon. He was later bailed to return pending further inquiries on a date in July.

Last month the Mail revealed that comedian Jim Davidson is being investigated by Yewtree officers over claims he indecently assaulted a woman in the Falkland Islands in the 1980s.

Detectives, are probing claims the 59-year-old comedian committed a sex offence during a concert tour after the Falklands War.

The attack is alleged to have happened while the former Generation Game host was entertaining British troops.

Davidson, 59, was originally arrested in January of this year over alleged sex offences in the UK. He denies all the allegations.

 

Other arrested celebrities include, entertainer Rolf Harris, DJ Dave Lee Travis and comedian Freddie Starr. Disgraced pop star Gary Glitter has also been detained. They also deny any wrongdoing

PR guru Max Clifford has charged with 11 historic counts of indecent assault against teenage girls. The 70-year-old has vowed to clear his name, labelling the allegations “a load of nonsense”.

Critics claim the Yewtree investigation has become a celebrity witch-hunt.

But Yard chiefs insist it is fair and proportionate. At least one more celebrity is expected to face criminal charges in the coming weeks.

the Mail online