After a 14-week investigation, British police release a shocking report revealing late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile was allegedly a repeat sex offender
(Image Source: Telegraph ) BY JOHN O’CONNOR ANCHOR LAUREN GORES After a 14-week investigation, British police release a shocking report revealing late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile was allegedly a repeat sex offender. Sky News reports Savile abused adults and children alike on an unprecedented scale. “450 people have come forward alleging sexual abuse, including 34 rapes. 214 criminal charges have been formally recorded across 28 police jurisdictions.” The accusations of abuse span six decades, beginning in 1955 and ending in 2009 — two years before Savile’s death. A CNN correspondent says there was an astonishingly wide range in the age and gender of the accused victims. “Between eight years old and 47 years old. 82 percent of the victims, according to the report, were female.” The Wall Street Journal explains the accusers say offenses took place at hospitals, schools, and sometimes even on-set at the BBC. NBC News points out most of the victims were between the ages of 13 and 16, with the number of accused offenses peaking between 1966 and 1976 — the height of Savile’s success. “Savile, who raised an estimated $55 million for charity, achieved fame on BBC shows including ‘Top of the Pops’ and ‘Jim'll Fix It.’ In 1990, he was given a knighthood by Britain's Queen Elizabeth and received a Papal Knighthood at the Vatican.” According to the New York Times , the report acknowledges that not all the victims included were interviewed by the police, but that the patterns of the alleged offenses paint a damning picture of Savile. The report states: “On the whole, victims are not known to each other and taken together their accounts paint a compelling picture of widespread sexual abuse by a predatory sex offender. We are therefore referring to them as ‘victims’ rather than as ‘complainants,’ and are not presenting the evidence they have provided as unproven allegations.” An analyst for the BBC says the next step for the victims is to pursue civil claims since Savile was never tried criminally before his death. “Now they can bring those against his estate, so far as there are sufficient assets to meet those claims. Or they can be brought against the organizations with which Jimmy Savile was associated with.” Jimmy Savile died in 2011. He was 86 years old.