What crime did Rolf Harris commit, when did he get out of prison and how long was his sentence?

THE DISGRACED Aussie singer and artist has tried hard to remain out of the public eye since his conviction in 2014.

But what did Rolf Harris do to get sent to prison and how long was his jail sentence?

Who is Rolf Harris and what were his crimes?

Rolf Harris found fame in the 1960s with the release of his hit song Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport.

He later moved to Berkshire and became a UK TV star.

The BBC even commissioned him to paint a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in 2005.

His fame turned to infamy in 2013 when he was arrested twice in connection with counts of indecent assault dating back to the 1980s.

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He was also charged with four counts of producing indecent child images.

In June 2014 Harris was convicted of 12 counts of indecent assault.

The crimes were committed against four girls – one of whom was aged just seven or eight.

His trial heard that one of the victims was a childhood friend of his daughter and another a young autograph hunter.

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Judge Mr Justice Sweeney said he had taken advantage of his celebrity status and shown "no remorse".

When was Rolf Harris in prison?

After he was convicted in 2014, he was sentenced to five years and nine months imprisonment.

He was released from prison in May 2017 part-way through a re-trial on four accusations of indecent assault, but has rarely been seen in public.

In November 2017, Harris appeared at the Court of Appeal in London to try and overturn his 2014 convictions, claiming jurors in the case were "poisoned" against him.

He had one conviction overturned following his appeal, but the other 11 remain.

Where is Rolf Harris now?

Harris appeared near his home while walking his dog in 2020.

Fellow disgraced TV star Stuart Hall downsized to a council house after his own prison sentence.

But Harris apparently maintained his original Berkshire estate.

Incredibly, vintage Harris merchandise was still available on sites like Amazon and eBay in 2021.

Previously, Harris was spotted walking on to the grounds of a primary school in 2019, according to reports.

The perv, 88, was told to leave by the head teacher of the school in Maidenhead, Berks.

But not before he reportedly was able to wave at the assembled schoolchildren.

A witness, who took pictures of Harris stalking the grounds, told the Mirror: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing."

Prior to his fame and subsequent downfall, Harris was born on March 30, 1930, in Perth, Australia, to Welsh emigrants.

He was a keen artist from a young age and a self-portrait he painted was exhibited in the Art Gallery of New South Wales when he was just 16.

He was also a championship swimmer as a youngster and won a national competition.

He came to England in 1953, aged 22, to study and a year later presented a children's art show on the BBC.

 

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He also performed piano accordion in a pub popular with Australians and New Zealanders.

In March 1958 Harris married Alwen Hughes, a Welsh sculptress and jeweller, while they were both art students.

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