Rolf Harris guilty of indecent assaults including Leigh Park attack

Rolf Harris has been found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Rolf Harris has been found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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ROLF Harris has been found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault including an attack on a girl at a community centre in Leigh Park.

A jury convicted Harris, 84, of abusing four women between 1968 and 1986 following a trial at Southwark Crown Court.

The first victim was groped by the entertainer when she was aged seven or eight after she went to get his autograph at a community centre near Portsmouth between the 1960s and 1970s.

She told the jury he aggressively assaulted her ‘out of nowhere’ at the packed venue.

Harris touched the second victim’s bottom when she was waitressing at a celebrity event in Cambridge, either in the 1970s.

She said she saw Harris ‘playing up to the crowd’, crouched on all fours barking at a dog, before he groped her.

The third is a friend of Harris’s daughter Bindi, who said Harris abused her from the age of 13 for several years, starting while she was on holiday in Hawaii.

Seven of the 12 counts that Harris, from Bray in Berkshire, has been convicted of relate to the woman.

The fourth victim, Tonya Lee, who has bravely waived her right to anonymity, was abused while on a tour of the UK with an Australian youth theatre group in 1986.

The aspiring theatre star, then 15, said she ‘felt disgusting’ after Harris groped her when he went for dinner with the group at a London pub.

Harris admitted an adult consensual affair with Bindi’s friend, but denies assaulting her or any of the other women.

The jury began its deliberations on June 19.

Harris has been released on bail until Friday when he will be sentenced.

Justice Sweeney said he is likely to face a jail sentence.