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Jimmy Savile, Late British DJ, Carried Out 46 Sexual Assaults: Report

By    |   Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 09:46 AM

Jimmy Savile, the late British "Top of the Pops" presenter, has been accused of carrying out 46 sexual assaults on more than 20 students at a school for emotionally disturbed teenage girls in the 1970s.

Savile, who died in 2011 at 84, was a long-time British television personality and the original presenter of "Top of the Pops," which debuted in 1964, according to The Telegraph. His "Jim'll Fix It" show, which ran from 1975 through 1994, saw Savile play the "role of favorite uncle to the nation's children," the U.K. newspaper noted.

His legacy, though, has been tarnished since allegations of abuse against children arose, according to The Guardian. In a report released this week on Savile's association with the Duncroft School, Surrey police said 13 pupils were assaulted at least two times, and five were victimized when the school was under the control of Barnardo's children's charity in October 1976.

In 2009, Savile was interviewed by police but was never brought to justice. A 2012 documentary by ITV, which portrayed Savile as a serial sex abuser, turned public sentiment against the late DJ and television host, sparking a second investigation, called Operation Outreach, CNN reported.

Authorities found that students were abused by the entertainer in multiple spots throughout the school, including the principal's office, and in vehicles driven by Savile. The report stated that "10 were abused on a single occasion by Savile," and that "13 were abused on at least two occasions."

The report said charges against Savile included rape, assault by penetration, causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, and sexual assault, according to CNN. The school closed from 1979 to 1982 before shuttering permanently in 1991.

Savile always denied all allegations against him.

"Inquiries in the original 2007-09 investigation pre-dated much of what we now know about Savile and his pattern of abuse," assistant chief constable Stuart Cundy said of the more recent investigation, according to the BBC News.

"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.

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