Chris Denning charged with historic child sex offences

The Guardian

The Guardian

Introduction

Chris Denning, the 73 year old former radio DJ, was charged with 41 offences on 22nd May 2014. These relate to 22 complainants (all male) between 1967 and 1985. The complainants were aged between nine and 16. This is stated by the CPS to one of the ‘Operation Yewtree’ cases.

 

Charges

The Guardian helpfully set out the full charges that Mr Denning faces:

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 of 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 a 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.

 

Sentencing Powers

This is set out for interest, not any comment as to Mr Denning’s guilt or otherwise.

  • Indecent Assault – 10 years
  • Indecency with a child – 2 years
  • Buggery – Life Imprisonment
  • Attempted Buggery  – 10 years

We have a fact sheet on historic sexual offences.

Mr Denning will be in Court on 23rd May 2014. We will come back to this at a later stage, but won’t say anything further at this stage for obvious reasons.

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3 thoughts on “Chris Denning charged with historic child sex offences

  1. Liberte, Egalite, Sororite

    I’m curious there was a point where homosexuality or sex between men was illegal in the UK I know the law was changed but I can’t remember when. What happens in the case where it was confirmed sex took place, but was deemed not to be rape, could the parties involved still be prosecuted in now 2014 because the act at the time it occured (historic) was illegal.

  2. ANTHONY DOBSON

    Yet more evidence on the horendous celebrity child abuse phenomonon! is it any wonder jimmy savile went to the grave,i feel there is a hell of a lot more going on ? the “MET”has a lot to answer for,having listened to a very dambming insight into the met last night on radio 4?.
    as for chris denning,well we shall let the court’s decide,i do not and never have judged anyone,whoever looking at the amount of charge’s he face’s?

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