Mark Williams-Thomas: Detective who exposed Jimmy Savile says another celeb 'child sex offender' at large

Mark Williams-Thomas: Detective who exposed Jimmy Savile says another celeb 'child sex offender' at large
Mark Williams-Thomas (L) exposed Jimmy Savile (R) in 2012 (George Wilkes/Getty Images and Wikimedia)

The former police detective who exposed Jimmy Savile, sex offender of hundreds of children and whose horrific crimes came to light a year after his death at the age of 84, says, “There is one very significant person and he is clearly a child sex offender.” Mark Williams-Thomas revealed that the late television host and radio personality Savile was a prolific pedophile in his award-winning documentary 'The Other Side of Jimmy Savile' on October 3, 2012. Following the documentary and coverage of the claims, police launched Operation Yewtree, a widespread investigation into the child sex abuse allegations made against Savile. And now after a decade, he claims there are people who are “untouchable.”

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In a conversation with inews, Mark Williams-Thomas, who is now an investigative journalist and sex abuse victim advocate, said, "There are still people out there who are untouchable. There is one very significant person who I’ve done everything to try and get prosecuted because he is clearly a child sex offender. To date the CPS won’t prosecute. The police and I have tried really hard to get there. He will die in due course and then the floodgates will open in the same way they did with Savile. That’s not right. But justice takes many different forms."

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Williams-Thomas, who worked as a detective and family liaison officer with Surrey Police, added, "The truth is no broadcaster would have done a program about Savile when he was alive. We live in a society where there are some people you can’t take on and that’s really sad." He also added, “I’ve seen the value of lifting anonymity for victims to come forward. It’s one of the reasons the CPS didn’t have evidence to prosecute Savile when he was alive. The media plays a vital role in getting victims to come forward by publicizing names. But they have to consider the impact on the accused because there is no more abhorrent crime than child sex abuse.”

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'Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story'

Prior to this, in April when Netflix's 'Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story' got released, Williams-Thomas said on an episode of 'This Morning', "My slight worry is that it sensationalizes it rather than demonize him as an individual. I do worry as far as victims go, it’s one of the things that strongly gets criticized now when the story’s talked about, [is] seeing his face – his picture on the front page." He continued by saying, "When we started looking at this, the Metropolitan police came to see me three days after the case hit the headlines, and I remember sitting with [an officer] in ITV Towers, and he said to me, ‘I reckon there’s probably 30 victims’, and I said ‘more like 500.'" Adding further, he said, "What we mustn’t forget, of course, is that it’s great to tell a story, but what we mustn't forget is the victims - who have been through so much torment - to be in this position," reports LADbible.

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If you or anyone you know suspects child abuse, you are urged to immediately call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential and the hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

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