The late British actor and “Top of the Pops” DJ presenter, Jimmy Savile, is accused of sexually abusing at least 22 students and a visitor at the Duncroft School in Britain. This school was for emotionally disturbed girls, which is a place where Savile was basically given free rein during his visits. Apparently Savile made many visits to this school as a TV personality and the visits were largely unsupervised, according to MSN News on April 29.
An investigation by the Surrey Police found that Savile committed at least 46 offenses at that school including one incident that qualifies as rape under the current laws of the nation. Police found that 10 victims were abused on a single occasion with at 13 victims abused on two or more occasions.
Back in 2009 police questioned Savile regarding these allegations, but he wasn’t charged in any of these cases. The TV celebrity, who died in 2011 at the age of 84, was a “favorite uncle” to British children everywhere with his show “Jim’ll Fix It” that ran from 1975 to 1994.
The legacy of Savile is tarnished today because of the charges of abuse brought against him. After the 2009 investigation in which Savile was questioned and not charged with any crime, a documentary was made offering evidence in the allegations. This 2012 documentary portrayed Savile as a serial sex abuser, turning the public against the once loved character, suggests News Max today.
This documentary prompted a second and apparently a more thorough investigation. This second probe was called “Operation Outreach.” This probe uncovered abuse to children that happened in various locations throughout the school and even in Savile’s different vehicles.
The report said charges against Savile included rape, assault by penetration, causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, and sexual assault. The school closed from 1979 to 1982 then reopened until 1991, which was its final year in operation. The original investigation that went from 2007 to 2009 “predated what we know about Savile and his pattern of abuse,” said Constable Stuart Cundy.
“The force has always accepted there are things which should have been done differently in Operation Ornament and these were highlighted in a report published by Surrey Police in 2013,” Cundy added. Operation Ornament was the original probe, it was Operation Outreach, the second probe where the discovery of Savile’s abuse was founded.