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Christopher Denning, 73 (9.05.41) [‘Yewtree 13’] of Basildon, Essex, has today, Friday, 14 November, pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to the following 12 offences:

= 1 x indecency with a boy under the age of 14 years between 1976 and 1977
= 2 x indecent assault on a boy aged 12-14 years between 1976 and 1977
= 1 x indecent assault on a boy aged 14-15 years between 1978 and 1979
= 1 x indecent assault on a boy aged 10-13 years between 1980 and 1983
= 1 x indecent assault on a boy aged 10-13 years between 1980 and 1983
= 1 x indecent assault on a boy aged 14-16 years between 1979 and 1981
= 3 x indecent assault on a 14-year-old boy in 1984
= 1 x indecent assault on a male aged 14-16 years between 1984 and 1987
= 1 x gross indecency with boy aged 14-15 years between 1984 and 1985.

At an earlier hearing on Tuesday, 5 August Denning had pleaded guilty to a further 28 counts of indecent assault:

= 2 x indecent assault on a boy aged 12-14 years between 1967–1970
= 1 x indecency with a boy aged 9-11 years between 1969–1971
= 1 x indecent assault on a boy aged 9-11 years between 1969-1971
= 1 x indecent assault on a male under the age of 16 years between 1971–1973
= 2 x indecent assault on a boy aged 14-15 years in 1973
= 1 x indecent assault on a boy aged 13-14 years between 1973-1975
= 1 x indecent assault on a 14-year-old boy between 1978–1979
= 1 x indecent assault on a 14-year-old boy between 1978-1979
= 1 x indecent assault on a 12-year-old boy between 1978-1979
= 2 x indecent assault on a boy aged 13-15 years between 1978–1980
= 2 x indecent assault on a 12-year-old boy between 1979-1980
= 1 x indecency with a boy under 14 years between 1981–1982
= 1 x indecent assault on a boy aged 10-13 years between 1980-1983
= 1 x indecent assault on a 12-year-old boy between 1982–1983
= 2 x indecent assault on a boy aged 13-14 years between 1982–1983
= 1 x indecent assault on a 14-year-old boy in 1983
= 1 x indecent assault on a boy aged 11-12 years in 1982
= 1 x indecency with a boy aged under 14 years in 1982
= 3 x indecent assault on a boy aged 12-14 years between 1983-1984
= 2 x indecent assault on a boy aged 12-13 years between 1983-1984.

The 40 offences were committed between 1967-1987 and relate to 26 male victims.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Orchard, from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “Christopher Denning is a dangerous, serial offender who committed numerous offences over a 20-year period against a large number of young boys. One of these victims was as young as nine years of age. Denning’s only redeeming quality is that he has not made his victims go through the trial process.

"I would like to thank the victims for their bravery and courage in coming forward. I hope that Denning’s admittance of guilt is the first step in helping them move on with their lives."

Denning is due to be sentenced on Tuesday, 9 December at Southwark Crown Court.

+ Two counts of indecent assault on a male aged 16 years or over between 1982 and 1983 were left to lie on file.