Rolf Harris Sentenced to Five Years, Nine Months for Indecent Assault

5:55 AM PST 07/04/2014 by Georg Szalai
AP

A jury had found the Australia-born TV personality and singer guilty of offenses against women that took place between 1968 and 1986, with the judge on Friday announcing his prison sentence.

LONDON — Australia-born entertainer Rolf Harris, a fixture of British TV for more than 40 years, on Friday was sentenced to five years and nine months in prison after previously found guilty on 12 counts of indecent assault.

The 12 offenses against women aged 7 to 19 at the time took place between 1968 and 1986. Harris, a TV personality, singer and painter, denied all charges.

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The 84-year-old, a former BBC stalwart, had a seven-week trial, after which the jury found him guilty of the 12 counts.

In June 2012, Harris appeared at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace. That same month, he was awarded one of Australia's highest honors when he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Earlier in the week, Harris was stripped of his fellowship of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in the U.K. and his membership of the Australian Recording Industry Association.

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