The Associated Press Posted: Jul 04, 2014
A jury found Rolf Harris guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault.
Television entertainer Rolf Harris, who for decades cultivated an image of the affectionate uncle with numerous children’s television programs, was sentenced Friday to five years and nine months in prison for a string of abuses against young girls.
Judge Nigel Sweeney told London’s Southwark Crown Court that the performer, a fixture on British and Australian screens for years, had abused the trust of millions. Ignoring the appeals of Harris’ attorney that the trial had punished him enough, Sweeney ruled that he must spend time behind bars for the 12 counts of abuse that took place from the 1960s to the 1980s.
“You have shown no remorse for your crimes at all,” Sweeney said. “Your reputation lies in ruins, you have been stripped of your honours. But you have no one to blame but yourself.”
The sentence was a spectacular fall from grace for the Australian-born celebrity who had been well respected in both countries.
He was granted the privilege of painting an official portrait for Queen Elizabeth II for her 80th birthday, and performed at the monarch’s Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace in 2012.
Harris’s song Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport was a hit in North America, Australia and the U.K. in the 1960s. Also “Vancouver Town.”
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