Late BBC Host Jimmy Savile Abused At Least 500 Kids, Study Finds

5:23 AM PST 06/02/2014 by Georg Szalai
Hulton Archive

The National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children says research conducted for a BBC TV show means he is one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders.

LONDON – A new study estimates that late BBC host Jimmy Savile abused at least 500 girls and boys, making him one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders.

Research by the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children for BBC current affairs show Panorama and BBC radio program The World At One, showed that his victims were as young as two, with most victims in the age range of 13-15, the Guardian reported.

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"There's no doubt that Savile is one of the most, if not the most, prolific sex offender that we at the NSPCC have ever come across," Peter Watt, the NSPCC's director of child protection, told the Guardian. "What you have is somebody who at his most prolific lost no opportunity to identify vulnerable victims and abuse them."

Savile, who died in Oct. 2011 at age 84, a year before the abuse allegations emerged, used to host charts show Top of The Pops and kids program Jim'll Fix It, among other things.

A 2013 police estimate put the total number of Savile victims at about 450. Meanwhile, a repeatedly delayed report on the results of an internal review of Savile abuse cases at the BBC has been expected to cite up to 1,000 victims.

A BBC spokesman said about the latest study: "The BBC has said it is appalled at Jimmy Savile's crimes. We're unable to give a commentary on statements in these specific documents as they are over 40 years old, but the [internal] review is considering the culture and practices of the BBC during this period and has had our full cooperation. We will await their full report."

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