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Jimmy Savile case: U.K. cops detail "unprecedented" child, teen sex abuse

Sir Jimmy Saville is seen in this October 1, 2006 file photo, preparing for The Bupa Great North Run in Newcastle, England.
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LONDON British police say the late entertainer Jimmy Savile committed more than 200 sex crimes over more than half a century, with most victims children and teens assaulted the length and breadth of Britain, from TV studios to hospitals and even a hospice.

Police said in a report released Friday that the scale of Savile's sex abuse was "unprecedented in the UK." They have recorded 214 offenses allegedly committed by Savile, including 34 rapes. In all, 450 people have come forward with information about abuse by the late TV presenter.

The number of Savile's crimes is likely to rise beyond 214 as more victims' reports were officially recorded, said Detective Superintendent David Gray, the chief investigating police officer.

Savile's victims would be disappointed he had not faced justice in his lifetime, said Cmdr. Peter Spindler, a senior police officer.

"I hope that we have been able to bring some satisfaction for them. ... The victims themselves will get some sense of satisfaction from being heard.

"This whole sordid affair has demonstrated the tragic consequences of what happens when vulnerability collides with power," Spindler said.

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      Peter Watt, of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, said Savile was an "evil and manipulative man" who "cunningly built his entire career around gaining access to vulnerable children."

      The alleged crimes took place between 1955 and 2009.

      Victims ranged from a 10-year-old boy who said he was sexually assaulted after he asked for an autograph to children who said they were groped when they attended a popular music show, and pupils at a school for troubled girls who were allegedly offered cigarettes and trips in Savile's car in return for sex.

      Savile allegedly committed 57 offenses at medical establishments, including a hospice, and 14 at schools, and 33 at television or radio stations; 73 percent of his victims were under 18.

      The catalog of abuse is the fullest accounting yet of the allegations against Savile, a TV and radio personality who died in 2011 at age 84.