A man who we are calling “John”, says he was sexually abused when he was just 10 years old at the Jersey children’s home embroiled in child abuse allegations – Haut de la Garenne.
He claims Savile put him on his knee and touched him “where he shouldn’t have” on a visit to the care home in around 1976.
It is believed that Jimmy Savile was in Jersey for a sponsored marathon but it is not known why he would have been given access to Haut de la Garenne.
Jersey Police said in a statement they interviewed “John” but he did not sign a statement so they could not make his complaint formal.
They did investigate the claim but did not find evidence to support it so could not take it any further.
But “John’s” allegation is now one of more than 300 abuse claims against Savile the Metropolitan Police are investigating.
The man – who we are calling “John” to protect his identity – said Savile: “put me on his knee and then he put his hand up my leg, and then it went further and then that was it – and then it went the other way.
“But it was so unbelievable – the situation I was put in. After that I felt dirty and I had to leave where the other guys were.”
“John” claims he reported the incident to police after abuse allegations surfaced at Haut de la Garenne in 2008. But he says Jersey Police did not take his claim seriously and he does not believe they interviewed Savile.
“John” has come forward, he says, because he wants other victims to speak out too. He says he did not say anything when he was a child, or in the years following the incident, because, he claims, abuse in general went on at Haut de la Garenne.
“John” is being represented by lawyer Alan Collins. He says he has spoken to around seven other alleged victims of Jimmy Savile.
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