Rolf Harris charged with indecent assault, making indecent images of a child

Thursday 29 August 2013 23.28
Rolf Harris will appear in court again on 23 September
Rolf Harris will appear in court again on 23 September

Australian entertainer and television presenter Rolf Harris has been charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four counts of making indecent images of a child.

The Crown Prosecution Service in London said the alleged indecent assaults date from 1980 to 1986 and relate to two complainants.

Six offences of indecent assault relate to a girl aged between 15 and 16 from 1980 to 1981. Three offences of indecent assault relate to a 14-year-old girl in 1986.

The four offences of making indecent images of a child date between March and July 2012.

Mr Harris, 83, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 23 September.

He was interviewed under caution on 29 November last year, five days after a search warrant was executed at his Berkshire home in southeast England.

Mr Harris was questioned as part of Operation Yewtree, the British police investigation sparked by allegations of abuse against DJ Jimmy Savile.

Mr Harris was publicly named as a Yewtree suspect only in April, when the Sun newspaper became the first media outlet to identify him in connection with the investigation.

The inquiry has been run in three strands: claims involving Savile, those involving Savile and others, and those involving others.

Mr Harris is being dealt with under the "others" strand, meaning the allegations have no link to Savile.