The subject is child sexual offences: the purveyor, British media personality Jimmy Savile; the victim; literally hundreds, perhaps more than a thousand young innocent girls—notwithstanding some boys. And then there is one other frightening figure to this disturbing equation; the “enablers.”
The facts, of which the nation of Brits now have before them, can be summed up with the more than 300 abused victims interested with seeing that justice is done. Through this unique group it is quite possible for the “enablers to have their day in court; only they probably hope and pray that they won’t.
As for jimmy, he’s dead and gone; there is not much anyone can actually do to the alleged pedophile. However, one can only imagine that with the passion, zeal, and power that the new task force assigned to investigate Savile’s crimes, is endowed with that the “enablers” would be safer if they were fugitives from Hitler’s Germany. With the abundance of witnesses stepping forward on a daily basis, it is almost a forgone conclusion that though the wheels of justice turn slow, chances are, very few will escape Great Britain’s rule of law.
The taskforce has already nabbed its first alleged enabler, the former British pop star and convicted child molester, Gary Glitter. He was seized on Friday morning along with what looked to be a trash bag stashed with evidence.
The 68 year-old was held by detectives from Operation Yewtree, Scotland Yard’s inquiry into alleged child sexual exploitation by the late Jimmy Savile and others.
The 70s pop star was arrested at 7:15 a.m. in Marylebone, north London, on suspicion of “sexual offences” and taken to a station in the capital.
He was seen leaving his home dressed in a hat, dark coat, black gloves and scarf, accompanied by a detective, before being driven away.
Glitter avoided commenting on his arrest.
Following Glitter’s arrest a team of detectives searched his home and removed a number of items which were carried out in a black sports bag and a garbage bag. Friday’s dramatic arrest is the first by officers from the newly formed task force.
It widens a scandal that has already damaged the reputation of the public broadcaster and the legacy of Savile, the former DJ who was one of the broadcaster’s top show hosts.
The Metropolitan Police declined to say what led to his arrest, which comes after claims Glitter raped a girl in Savile’s dressing room in front of the television presenter.
The Yard has launched a criminal investigation into allegations that Savile was part of a sex ring, with other members who remain alive.
The Met police’s investigation involves 400 separate lines of inquiry and more than about 300 alleged victims.
Earlier this month it was alleged that Glitter raped a girl of 13 in his dressing room at BBC’s television center. The attack, in the 1970s allegedly took place as Savile was groping a 14-year-old in the same room at the corporation.
The allegations were made by Karin Ward, a former pupil of the Surrey school where Savile is accused of preying on under-age girls.
She waived her anonymity to tell an ITV documentary screened last night how the Jim’ll Fix It star was working with Glitter, a convicted pedophile.
Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was said to have strongly denied the allegations. Born in Banbury, Oxon, he had a successful music career in the 1970s and 1980s.
A Met Police spokesman said today: “Officers working on Operation Yewtree have arrested a man in his 60s [‘Yewtree 1’] in connection with the investigation.
“The man, from London, was arrested at approximately 7:15 a.m. on suspicion of sexual offences, and has been taken into custody at a London police station.
“The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed ‘Savile and others.’” He declined to comment further.
In 2009 Savile, who died at age 84 last year, defended Glitter, who has been convicted of downloading child pornography in Britain and abusing children in Vietnam. Savile said: “If you said to that copper, what’s Gary Glitter done wrong? Well nothing really. He’s just sat at home watching dodgy films.”
Glitter was convicted in Vietnam in March 2006 of “obscene acts” with two girls aged 11 and 12, and returned to London in August 2008 after his release from prison.
Having been turned away from Hong Kong and Thailand, he returned to Britain, where he was ordered to sign the sex offenders register, which requires him to alert police to his whereabouts.
Glitter, who maintained his innocence and said his trial in Vietnam was a sham, was considered a pioneer of the glam era, with his extravagant make-up, bouffant wigs, silver jumpsuits and high boots.
He sold more than 20 million records and had a string of stomping hits such as “I’m The Leader Of The Gang (I Am) and Rock and Roll (Parts 1 and 2).”
The arrest comes after Savile’s closest relatives spoke for the first time of their “turmoil” over the scandal and offered their sympathy to his victims.
Roger Foster, a nephew of the late DJ, spoke of the family’s horror and initial disbelief over the allegations and hailed the courage of those alleged to have been abused, for speaking out.
When claims were made against Savile in a TV documentary earlier this month, Mr. Foster said he was “disgusted and disappointed” by the motives of those making the allegations.
Last night he said the family had endured “a firestorm” of revelations and now offered their deepest sympathy to those who suffered at Savile’s hands.
Allegations against Savile include sexual assaults of patients at Broadmoor, where he was initially an “honorary entertainment officer.”
The Department of Health is holding an inquiry into how Savile came to be appointed to the task force and into the access he gained to patients in all three hospitals.
Police described former BBC DJ Savile as a “predatory sex offender.”
In addition to the arrest, shocking footage has circulated throughout the world-wide-web of Jimmy Savile molesting a young woman on live television.
The disturbing You Tube recording was taken from “Top of the Pops” in 1976. It shows a teenage Sylvia Edwards wriggling away from Savile who had his hand up her skirt and was fondling her bottom with one hand while he calmly introduces the next act to the camera.
It is important to note that thirty police officers have been assigned to investigating the Savile case. That is not a very large task force for a crime of this magnitude, especially when you consider the may be out numbered by the enablers.
Contributor D. Chandler