LONDON (CelebrtyAccess) – Former music mogul Jonathan King was one of three men arrested in connection to an investigation into allegations of child sex abuse at a youth club in the 1970s.
According to a statement by the Surrey Police, the three men were arrested on suspicion of various sexual offences with boys under the age of 16. They are a 77-year-old man and an 86-year-old from Walton-on-Thames and a 70-year-old King from the Bayswater area of London.
The inquiry, Operation Ravine, followed up new allegations of sexual offences connected with the Walton Hop a disco-style youth club in Walton-on-Thames that operated in the 1970s and 1980s.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Karen Mizzi, said: “This is a complex investigation into numerous allegations of sexual abuse and assault dating back over several decades.
“Our investigation focuses on the Walton Hop Disco, a popular event for youngsters between the 1970s and 1980s and we are following a number of lines of enquiry."
King was a well known singer-songwriter, record producer, music entrepreneur, and former TV and radio presenter who garnered a string of pop hits in the 1970s, including the 1965 hit "Everyone's Gone to the Moon."
King also discovered Genesis and signed 10cc, produced the first hit for the Bay City Rollers and launched the label UK Records.
In 2001, King was convicted of sexually abusing five teenaged boys and sentenced to seven years in prison. – Staff Writers