Rolf Harris charged with 13 sexual offences

The 83-year-old entertainer is to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 23 September

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Rolf Harris charged with 13 sexual offences
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Ben Dowell

TV presenter Rolf Harris has been charged with 13 offences – nine counts of indecent assault and four of making indecent images of a child.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced the charges for the 83-year-old entertainer following his arrest over historical sexual assault claims.

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "We have carefully considered the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police Service as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to Rolf Harris.

"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 full charges are:

– Six offences of indecent assault relating to a girl aged between 15 and 16 from 1980 to 1981

– Three offences of indecent assault relating to a girl aged 14, in 1986

– Four offences of making indecent images of a child between March and July 2012

Ms Saunders added: "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."

Harris will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 23 September 2013.

Added Saunders: "May I remind all concerned that Mr Harris has a right to a fair trial. It is very important that nothing is said, or reported, which could prejudice that trial. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."

Harris was first interviewed under caution in November 2012 over historical allegations of sexual offences. He was then arrested and bailed in March 2013. A file of evidence was passed to the CPS on 12 August 2013.

Known for classic songs including Stairway to Heaven, Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport, Sun Arise and Two Little Boys, Harris is also equally famous as an artist and fronted BBC shows including Animal Hospital and Rolf Harris Cartoon Time.