Jimmy Savile faced only a few accusations of sex crimes while he was alive, apparently, but as Jill Lawless reports for the Associated Press, nothing was done about them, and now hundreds of accusations have surfaced after his death.
Jimmy Savile was a well-known celebrity in the U.K. in the 1960s up until the time of his death in 2011. He worked as a DJ and was an entertainer on TV and radio.
Apparently facing little legal trouble during his lifetime as it relates to sex crimes, he’s now been called out as the most “prolific” sex offender in Britain’s recent history. Lawless quotes a police officer with a special crimes unit: “He was hiding in plain sight, but none of us were able to do anything about it.”
Savile was also a charity worker, in addition to his work as an entertainer and celebrity, but any goodwill built up around his memory has all but been erased after 450 people came forward with claims of sex crimes perpetrated by Savile.
“Savile cunningly built his entire life around gaining access to vulnerable children,” said the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, as Lawless quotes in her AP story. He could have been prosecuted while he was alive, according to U.K. police, but officials did not make much effort to go after him.
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Source: Report: Jimmy Savile targeted vulnerable for abuse