Rolf Harris jailed for five years and nine months

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been sentenced to five years and nine months in prison for indecently assaulting four girls over a near 20-year period. One of his victims told ITV News he was a "nasty man" who took advantage his position.

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Harris was 'man acting without fear of consequences'

Rolf Harris was a "man acting without fear of the consequences" as he abused young girls over an 18-year period, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.

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.

Each victim, unknown to the others, described a similar pattern of behaviour; that of a man acting without fear of the consequences.

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