|Australian entertainer Rolf Harris, 83, charged with 13 child sex offenses in London
Aging Australian entertainer Rolf Harris (pictured) who performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration, has been charged in London with 13 counts involving indecent assault and making indecent images of children stemming from alleged incidents in the 1980s.
Prosecutors said today he will face nine counts of indecent assault on girls aged 14 and 15 and four counts of making indecent images of child.
Harris, 83, has been a British broadcasting stalwart for decades. He has had musical hits with “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport'' _ which he once performed with The Beatles _ and “Two Little Boys.''
He also has hosted television shows, painted an official portrait of the queen for her 80th birthday in 2006, and performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert last year.
Harris was first arrested in November. He is scheduled to appear in court next month, AP reports.
Alison Saunders, the chief crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service London, said: "We have carefully considered the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan police service as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to Rolf Harris, who was initially arrested on 29 November 2012 over allegations of sexual offences. A file of evidence was passed to the CPS on 12 August 2013.
"Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Harris to be charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four of making indecent images of a child. The alleged indecent assaults date from 1980 to 1986 and relate to two complainants aged 14 and 15 at the time of the alleged offending.
"The decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the code for crown prosecutors and the DPP's interim guidelines on prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse. We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest."