Music mogul Jonathan King arrested following new allegations of child sex offences

King was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2001 for sexually abusing five boys

Jonathan King, known for his part in the success of bands like Genesis and Bay City Rollers, has been arrested as part of an investigation into child sex abuse.

King is among three men arrested as part of Operation Ravine. As well as King, 70, a 77-year-old and an 86-year-old from Walton-on-Thames were also arrested. They are currently being questioned at police stations in Surrey.

The allegations relate to sexual offences involving boys under the age of 16 at a teenage disco in the 1970s and 80s.

King was sentenced to seven years in jail in 2001 for sexually abusing five young boys during the 1980s. He was released on parole in March 2005.

DCI Karen Mizzi said of the arrests: “This is a complex investigation into numerous allegations of sexual abuse and assault dating back over several decades.”

“Our investigation focuses on the Walton Hop disco, a popular event for youngsters between the 1970s and 1980s and we are following a number of lines of inquiry.

“However if anyone has information that may help the investigation I would ask them to contact us.”


King had a number of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, including ‘Everyone’s Gone to the Moon’ and ‘Let It All Hang Out’.

King also worked with the likes of 10cc and was a presenter of Entertainment USA on BBC Two during the 1980s.