Ex-DJ Denning accused of sex abuse

Hillingdon Times: Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has been charged with sex abuse Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has been charged with sex abuse

Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning is due in court today to face charges over a string of alleged sex attacks on boys aged nine to 16.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced yesterday that Denning is accused of 41 crimes, including 34 counts of indecent assault, on 22 alleged victims between 1967 and 1985.

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "W e 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."

Denning was first arrested by detectives from sex crime inquiry Operation Yewtree in June last year, and had been released on bail until today. He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Ms Ubhey said: "The decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and Crown Prosecution Service legal guidance on rape and child sexual abuse. We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest."

Prosecutors found that there was not enough evidence to prosecute in connection with three further alleged victims.

The charges that Denning will face are:

1. Two offences of indecent assault on a boy aged 12-14 between 1967 and 1970;

2. One offence of indecency with a child and one offence of indecent assault on a boy aged 9-11 between 1969 and 1971;

3. One offence of indecent assault on a boy aged 14-16 between 1971 and 1973;

4. Two offences of indecent assault on a boy aged 14-15 in 1973;

5. One offence of indecent assault on a boy and one offence of buggery on a boy aged 13-14 between 1973 and 1975;

6. One offence of indecency with a child and two offences of indecent assault on a boy aged 12-14 between 1976 and 1977;

7. One offence of indecent assault on a boy aged 14 between 1978 and 1979;

8. One offence of indecent assault on a boy aged 14 between 1978 and 1979;

9. One offence of buggery and two offences of indecent assault on a boy aged 14-15 between 1978 and 1979.

10. One offence of indecent assault on a boy aged 12 between 1978 and 1979;

11. Two offences of indecent assault on a boy aged 13-15 between 1978 and 1980;

12. Two offences of indecent assault on a boy aged 12 between 1979 and 1980;

13. One offence of indecency with child on a boy aged 12-14 between 1981 and 1982;

14. Two offences of indecent assault and one offence of attempted buggery on a boy aged 10-13 between 1980 and 1983;

15. Two offences of indecent assault on a boy aged 10-13 between 1980 and 1983;

16. One offence of indecent assault on a boy aged 12 between 1982 and 1983;

17. Two offences of indecent assault on a boy aged 13-14 between 1982 and 1983;

18. One offence of indecent assault on a boy aged 14 in 1983;

19. One offence of indecent assault and one offence of indecency with a child on a boy aged 11-12 in 1982;

20. Three offences of indecent assault on a boy aged 12-14 between 1983 and 1984;

21. Two offences of indecent assault on a boy aged 12-13 between 1983 and 1984;

22. Two offences of indecent assault on a boy aged 16 between 1984 and 1985.

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