Rolf Harris jailed for indecent assault

Rolf Harris has been jailed for indecent assault. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Rolf Harris has been jailed for indecent assault. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
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ROLF Harris has been jailed for five years and nine months for 12 historic counts of indecent assault.

It comes after the veteran entertainer was convicted of the attacks on four victims – including an assault on a girl at a community centre in Leigh Park – on Monday following a trial at Southwark Crown Court.

Harris, 84, from Bray in Berkshire, was convicted of nine assaults between 1968 and 1985 – one on a girl aged seven or eight, and the rest on teenagers between 14 and 19.

The law at the time put the punishment at a maximum of two years, or five years for victims under 13.

The remaining three guilty verdicts were for three counts of indecent assault on Tonya Lee, who has bravely waived her right to anonymity, in 1986 when she was 15, when the maximum penalty had changed to 10 years.

The first victim was groped by the entertainer when she was aged seven or eight after she went to get Harris’ autograph at a community centre in Leigh Park in the 1960s.

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

Another victim, who was indecently assaulted by Harris as she went to get his autograph at a community centre when she was seven or eight, said Harris’s assault took away her childhood.