Rolf Harris has been found guilty of 12 counts of sexual against four girls between 1968 and 1986.
The 84-year old entertainer was described by prosecutors as a “Jekyll and Hyde” that could be a wholesome child-loving entertainer in public and groom and molest girls in private.
The central allegation concerned a friend of Harris’ daughter, Bindi, who Harris was accused of grooming and molesting between the ages of 13 and 19. Another of Harris’ victims was aged seven or eight years old.
Jenny Hopkins, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the CPS in London, said:
“Rolf Harris used his status and position as a world famous children’s entertainer to sexually assault young girls over a period spanning 18 years.
“The victims in this case have suffered in silence for many years and have only recently found the courage to come forward. I would like to pay tribute to the bravery they displayed in coming to court and giving evidence. That bravery and determination has seen Rolf Harris brought to justice and held to account.
2Each victim, unknown to the others, described a similar pattern of behaviour; that of a man acting without fear of the consequences.
“The prosecution of sexual offences is often difficult and complex, perhaps even more so when the allegations are from some years ago. We will continue to consider cases and wherever there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest, we will work with police and victims to build strong cases which can be put before a court.
“I hope today’s verdict provides other victims with the courage and confidence to come forward no matter who is alleged to have carried out the abuse and when.”
Harris will be sentenced on Friday.