(NaturalNews) British authorities say longtime BBC DJ Jimmy Savile abused scores of children over six decades, with one top police officer observing he must have "spent every minute of every day" thinking about whom to attack next.
Savile, who died in October 2011 at age 84, "groomed the nation," said the officer in charge of the investigation, but that he was "without doubt one of the most prolific sex offenders we have ever come across."
Commander Peter Spindler, the top police official conducting the investigation, told Britain's Daily Mail that the sexual predator carried out a 54-year-long campaign of abuse all across the country, and that he picked "the most vulnerable who were least likely to speak out against him."
Spindler's comments came as the Metropolitan Police and the NSPCC released their official report detailing Savile's abuse, which they said he carried out with an "unprecedented" level approaching 450 victims.
Savile abused hundreds - and possibly hundreds more
Since his death, authorities from 28 different police agencies have uncovered 214 official crimes, "including 34 who claim to have been raped," the paper said.
"He spent every minute of every waking day thinking about it (abusing children) and whenever the opportunity came along he took it," said Spindler.
He said Savile's "cunning" campaign of sexual abuse was "vast, predatory and opportunistic," and that he had effectively "groomed the nation" to think he was someone he wasn't.
The police investigative report also says Savile used his celebrity status to "hide in plain sight," as he targeted children as young as eight years old and sexually assaulted at least 23 kids on BBC premises in London.
Even more shocking, the report said, Savile carried out his sexual abuse in at least 14 hospitals and at least one hospice between 1955 and 2009.
The serial pedophile carried out an "unprecedented" level of abuse but said "he had committed sex crimes before he became famous," said the report.
Authorities have branded Sevile one of the country's worst "predatory sex offenders," but, say analysts, the report also raises disturbing questions about how he was never caught during his lifetime.
"It feels so good to be free of secrets," one victim said, according to the paper.
Figures on Savile's sexual crime spree compiled by Scotland Yard and the NSPCC and placed in the report called, Giving Victims a Voice, include:
-- He raped at least 36 children and committed 126 indecent acts against others aged eight to 47 years of age.
-- 73 percent of victims were under 18, and most were girls between 13 and 16.
-- The peak of his abuse occurred between 1966 and 1976, when he was between 40 and 50.
-- Since October, some 600 people have come forward with charges and complaints; the total against Savile is 450, with 214 so far being recorded as crimes.
-- Savile's earliest offense occurred in Manchester in 1955, with the last-reported offense in 2009 when he was 82.
A shocked nation
"I would like to take the opportunity to apologize for the shortcomings in the part played by the CPS in these cases," said Keir Starmer, director of public prosecutions for the Crown Prosecution Service. "If this report and my apology are to serve their purpose, then this must be seen as a watershed moment."
The paper reported that one child protection expert said the number of Savile's victims could eventually double; current figures are "a mere drop in the ocean."
Mark Williams-Thomas, who first exposed Savile as a dangerous sexual predator in an ITV documentary, said the serial abuser may actually have targeted hundreds more victims over the course of nearly 60 years.
"'For anybody who works in this area the sheer scale is quite shocking. When you deal with sex offenders they are quite specific in their targeting," he said. "What is different with Savile is that there's no specific target in terms of ages or sexes. He ranged from male to female, children to adults. It's truly shocking."
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