U.K. to Review Old Sex-Abuse Claims After Savile Scandal

The U.K.’s top prosecutor said law enforcement must change the way it investigates and prosecutes sex crimes after TV star Jimmy Savile’s decades of abuse against hundreds of victims went undetected until after his death.

The changes include a panel to re-investigate historic allegations of misconduct that police chose not to pursue, the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement.

“We cannot afford another Savile moment in five or 10 years’ time,” said Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions.

Savile, a former BBC television presenter, committed more than 200 offenses in schools and hospitals, according to an investigation begun after his death. Police and prosecutors could have filed criminal charges against him if the cases had been handled properly, the CPS said in a January report.

The CPS said it would introduce a single approach to investigating sexual abuse, and give extra training to police and prosecutors to ensure better standards.

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