Another British TV Personality Is Identified in Child Sex Investigation

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LONDON -- Another well-known television personality was drawn into Britain's growing child sexual abuse scandal on Tuesday when British news media identified a 73-year-old man arrested over allegations dating from the late 1970s as the entertainer Jimmy Tarbuck.

The latest arrest, which took place in April, concerns accusations of abuse of a young boy in Harrogate, in the north of England.

An entertainer and quiz show host from the north of England, Mr. Tarbuck, also known by the nickname Tarby, was a schoolmate of John Lennon's in Liverpool and rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s.

He was identified by the British media, though not by the police, who in Britain do not normally name suspects until they are formally charged.

Police officials in North Yorkshire County, which includes Harrogate, said they acted on information passed on from an investigation into Jimmy Savile, the BBC television host who died in 2011 and who is now linked to hundreds of cases of abuse.

In the aftermath of those revelations, many victims have come forward and allegations have surfaced against a dozen men, including some of the country's best-known television personalities of the 1960s and 1970s.

Earlier this month, another BBC radio and television personality, Stuart Hall, 83, pleaded guilty to 14 charges of indecently assaulting girls, one age 9. The offenses, which involved 13 victims, took place from 1967 to 1985.

In a statement, the North Yorkshire police said the man had been arrested in connection with "an incident that occurred in the late 1970s when the victim was a young boy." The man was arrested in Kingston upon Thames on April 26 and released on bail, the statement said.

North Yorkshire police officials said the arrest followed information supplied by officers working on Operation Yewtree, the investigation of allegations against Mr. Savile and others.

The Tarbuck case, however, forms a separate investigation, they said.

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This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


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