UK police take some blame for Savile case

The head of Britain

FILE - This is a March 25, 2008 file photo of Sir Jimmy Savile, who for decades was a fixture on British television. (AP Photo/ Lewis Whyld/PA, File)

LONDON (AP) — The head of Britain's Metropolitan Police says authorities and others failed to notice a pattern of behavior that indicated that entertainer Jimmy Savile may have been sexually abusing young girls.

Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe says authorities did not "put together" the various claims against Savile, who died one year ago at the age of 84.

Hogan-Howe said Monday that the public may also have refrained from making complaints because of Savile's stature as a nationally known presenter of popular BBC children's TV shows.

The commissioner says that if reports of abuse are accurate, Savile was able to sexually abuse victims for 50 years. The late entertainer never faced criminal charges during his lifetime but has been disgraced by a series of damning reports this month.

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