Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning faces 41 sex assault charges

 

Crime Correspondent

Chris Denning, one of the original line-up of DJs for the launch of Radio 1, will appear in court charged with a string of sex attacks on 22 boys over an 18-year period.

Mr Denning faces 41 charges against boys as young as nine that date back to 1967 when the channel was launched. The Crown Prosecution Service concluded that there was not enough evidence to prosecute in the case of three other alleged victims.

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: “We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Denning to be charged with 41 offences, including 34 counts of indecent assault. These date from between 1967 and 1985, and relate to 22 male complainants aged between nine and 16 at the time of the alleged offending.”

The charges include two counts of buggery of boys aged 13 to 15 and one of attempted buggery. Mr Denning was arrested in June last year by detectives from Operation Yewtree, the inquiry that emerged from the investigation into Jimmy Savile.

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