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BBC TV star Savile said to have sexually abused dead bodies

Published on Jun 26, 2014 7:47 PM
 
TV celebrity Jimmy Savile, joins in with people representing Commonwealth countries wearing their traditional dress crowd into the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London, on June 4, 2002. The late BBC TV presenter revealed two years ago to have been one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders, might have sexually abused dead bodies in a hospital where he worked as a volunteer, health investigators said on Thursday, June 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LONDON (REUTERS) - Jimmy Savile, the late BBC TV presenter revealed two years ago to have been one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders, might have sexually abused dead bodies in a hospital where he worked as a volunteer, health investigators said on Thursday.

In 2012 police said Savile, one of the Britain's best-known celebrities in the 1970s and 1980s, had sexually abused hundreds of victims, mainly youngsters, at hospitals and at BBC premises over six decades until his death aged 84 in 2011.

A series of reports covering 28 hospitals where he had worked showed Savile had used his fame and charitable work to get unsupervised access to patients, raping and sexually abusing boys, girls, men and women aged between five and 75 in wards, corridors and offices.

"As a nation at that time, we held Savile in our affection as a somewhat eccentric national treasure with a strong commitment to charitable causes," Britain's Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told parliament.

 
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