Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning sentenced to 13 years for sexual abuse

He was charged for 40 crimes against 24 boys between 1967 and 1984

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to a string of sex offences.

Denning was first arrested in April 2013 as part of Operation Yewtree, the investigation into sexual abuse launched in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile paedophile scandal. In August of this year he admitted to 29 charges of abuse against boys aged between 9 and 16, between 1967 and 1984, but denied other charges.

Earlier today he was sentenced for 40 offences. Judge Alistair McCreath called Denning “utterly depraved”, reports BBC News.

The 73-year-old was one of the original DJs on BBC Radio 1 when it launched in 1967, after working as an announcer on BBC2.

Sentencing took place at London’s Southwark Crown Court, where the judge told Denning: “It is not to be forgotten that all of this suffering was inflicted by you without thought for anything other than your own selfish pleasure.”

Denning’s lawyer David Burgess added: “The years have passed and he in short failed to grasp the enormity of the consequences of his behaviour. He’s enormously sorry for what he did to these boys then – men now – and that’s something he will have to live with.”