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Chris Denning jailed: Former Radio 1 DJ gets 13 years for abusing boys

By Staff Reporter

Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has been jailed for 13 years for sexually assaulting 24 boys - including one allegedly at Jimmy Savile's house.

Denning (73), one of the founding presenters on the flagship station, "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 a string of stars, including Savile.

He began assaulting the boys in 1967 - the same year he was unveiled as one of the founding DJs at Radio 1.

And he continued his campaign of abuse against boys as young as 10 over the next two decades.

The prolific paedophile later opened a series of computer games shops and used the "exceptionally exciting" technology to prey on boys.

Judge Alistair McCreath told London's Southwark Crown Court: "You groomed all of these boys. They were, for the most part, in their early teens, although some of them were younger.

"You used your own fame, your acquaintance with others who were famous, many of them now to be described more as notorious than as famous, your familiarity with the music industry, your possession of computers and computer games and other devices to win their trust and misplaced admiration.

"You gave them alcohol and drugs. To some of them you gave money. You showed them pornographic material.

"You introduced them to inappropriate sexual behaviour by making it seem normal and exciting." He said Denning subjected them to "inappropriate and utterly depraved" abuse which had a "devastating effect" on the boys.

Around a dozen of his victims sat at the back of court and looked at their former tormentor as the sentence was passed.

Denning singled out his victims at skate parks, youth centres and discos including the Walton Hop, a notorious disco in Surrey where older men preyed on teenage boys.

Other boys 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.

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

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