Former Genesis producer Jonathan King arrested again

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Jonathan King in younger days

JONATHAN KING, aged 70, who was a very successful producer and performer in the music industry was arrested on suspicion of historical child abuse on September 9.

He was arrested at his home in Bayswater, London as part of Operation Ravine and it is reported that two other men aged 77 and 86 were also arrested as part of the same investigation.

The arrests are connected with an ongoing investigation of happenings linked to the Walton Hop Disco which ran in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey during the 1970s and 1980s.

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All three men were arrested on suspicion of various sexual offences concerning boys under the age of 16, Surrey Police said.

Mr King was previously convicted of offences against young persons in 2001 and sentenced to seven years imprisonment, being released on parole in March 2005. He has vehemently denied his guilt and appealed to the European Court of Human Rights without success with regards to an alleged miscarriage of justice.

Following his conviction in 2001, the CPS did not present evidence in a second trial and dropped charges against him for a third. It may be that evidence from these earlier investigations may have been reviewed and have some relevance to the current arrests.

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