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Friday, 12 February 2016

Rolf Harris Faces Further Child Sex Charges


The disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris is to be charged with seven further counts of indecent assault.

The alleged offences, which are said to have taken place between 1971 and 2004, relate to seven female complainants, two of whom were under the age of 16 at the time.

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesperson said: "We have carefully considered the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police Service as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to Rolf Harris.

"Having completed our review in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Harris to be charged with seven counts of indecent assault. The alleged offences date from 1971 to 2004 and relate to seven complainants aged between 12 and 27 at the time of the alleged offending.

"Mr Harris will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on 17 March 2016."

The Metropolitan Police outlined the fresh charges against Harris as follows:
  • Indecent assault on a girl aged 14 between 10 and 11 July 1971.
  • Indecent assault on a girl aged 12 between 1 January 1977 and 31 December 1977.
  • Indecent assault on a woman aged 27 on 17 September 1977.
  • Indecent assault on a woman aged 16 between 1 June 1978 and 31 July 1978.
  • Indecent assault on a girl aged 13 on 31 December 1983.
  • Indecent assault on a woman aged 19 between 1 January 2002 and 31 December 2002
  • Indecent assault on a woman aged 24 between 27 April 2004 and 30 April 2004.
Harris was previously convicted of twelve counts of indecent assault and is currently serving a custodial sentence of 5 years, 9 months at HMP Stafford.

Seven of the twelve charges involved allegations of a sexual relationship between Harris and one of his daughter's friends. Six charges related to when she was between the ages of 13 and 15, and one when she was 19.

Harris has starred in several well known TV shows, including The Rolf Harris Show and Rolf's Cartoon Club, which were broadcast on BBC One throughout most of the 1970s and 80s.

In 1989 he presented a 20 minute child abuse prevention video called Kids Can Say No.

In June 2015 the Mail on Sunday reported that Harris, who has shown no remorse for his crimes, had written a song highly offensive to his victims. In it he labelled his female accusers as "slimy little woodworms" and "perfumed sultry wenches".

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