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Rolf Harris was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault Met Police

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has been sentenced to five years nine months for a string of sex offences involving young girls and teenagers.

Harris, 84, was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault against four women aged between seven or eight and 19 at the time the offences took place between 1968 and 1986.

Seven of the assaults were against the childhood friend of his daughter, Bindi. During the trial, the court heard how years of abuse at the hands of Harris left the victim "psychologically destroyed" resulting into a descent into depression and alcoholism.

Harris was also convicted of inappropriately touching a girl aged around eight-years-old who asked him for an autograph and groping a teenage girl during the filming of a TV show in Cambridge.

An Australian woman, Tonya Lee, waived her right for anonymity to reveal how Harris had assaulted her three times in one day when she was 15 in 1986.

In a victim impact statement read out in court, Lee said how she never recovered from the abuse she suffered from Harris.

"In space of a few minutes my childhood innocence was gone. I blamed myself and became an angry child. I couldn't trust men," she added.

Upon sentencing, Judge Justice Sweeney told Harris he had shown "no remorse" for his actions. He added: "Your reputation lies in ruins. You have been stripped of your honours. But you have nobody to blame but yourself."

His reckless and brazen sexual offending, sometimes in public places, bizarrely within sight of people he knew, speaks volumes about just how untouchable he thought he was.
- Peter Watt, NSPCC

It can now be reported that Harris is also alleged to have viewed websites showing indecent images of girls believed to be a young as 13.

Police found he had viewed the websites with names such as "My little nieces and "Tiny teen girlfriends" after searching his computer following his arrest in 2012. They also found handwritten notes on how to delete his internet browser history.

He was charged with four counts of downloading indecent images of children, but his lawyers argued the girls featured on the websites were over 18 and Harris accidently accessed the images by clicking through from adult porn websites.

His defence team said it would take several weeks to gather evidence for their case, resulting in a delay of the trial. After Sweeney ruled Harris should face the four outstanding charges separately, if at all, the Crown Prosecution Service announced it was "no longer in the public interest to proceed with a trial".

Described as a "sinister pervert" who believed his celebrity profile meant he was "untouchable" while he repeatedly committed a series of sexual assaults, the former much loved media personality now faces been removed from television history in the same as Jimmy Savile.

Harris, who was arrested under Operation Yewtree, the Met Police inquiry into historic sex offence allegations set up in the wake of the Savile scandal, has already had many of his honours awarded to him because of his 60 year career stripped from him.

Harris' hometown of Perth in Western Australia are also removing its association with the veteran entertainer, with Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi confirming plans to take down a memorial plaque outside his childhood home.

Australia's prime minster Tony Abbott also said he was "gutted and dismayed" by Harris' actions.