UK politician with dementia spared sex crime charges

AP News
Posted: Apr 16, 2015 10:42 AM

LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors say they won't charge a former lawmaker with alleged sex crimes against children because the 86-year-old politician has severe dementia.

Police and victims of child abuse expressed anger at Thursday's decision not to charge Greville Janner.

The Crown Prosecution Service said more than a dozen people had accused Janner of abusing them during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Prosecutors said there was enough evidence to prosecute Janner, but the severity of his dementia meant "he is not fit to take part in any proceedings."

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Peter Saunders, founder of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, called the decision "bizarre and worrying."

Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister of Leicestershire Police said the force was considering a legal challenge.

Janner's family said he was "entirely innocent of any wrongdoing."