Rolf Harris

Rolf Harris is already facing 13 other sex offence charges after being charged on August 29th 2013. He is now to be prosecuted over three more allegations of indecent assault.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the first new charge is one offence of indecent assault of a 19-year-old girl in 1984. One other new charge is one offence of indecent assault of a girl aged seven or eight, in 1968 or 1969 and the other new offence is one charge of indecent assault of a girl aged 14 in 1975.

The 13 original charges against the 83-year-old Australian-born artist, musician and TV presenter relate to nine allegations of indecent assault and four of making indecent images of a child. All charges allegedly involved two girls who were aged 14 and 15 between 1980 and 1986.

He was arrested in December 2013 by officers working on Operation Yewtree, the national investigation launched after abuse claims were made against Jimmy Savile. However, the allegations against Harris have no connection to Savile.

A CPS spokesman said: ‘These three allegations were included in the file sent to the CPS by the Metropolitan Police in August of this year, however as part of the ongoing review process for all cases, it has been decided that these allegations should be formally added to the indictment as further counts.’

Harris, who has lived in Bary, Berkshire, for more than fifty years, is currently on bail on the conditions that he does not contact prosecution witnesses, lives at his home address and does not spend time with anyone under 18 without being accompanied by someone over 21.

Harris will next appear at London’s Southwark Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on January 14th 2014. His trial is scheduled to begin on April 30th 2014. Harris denies all wrongdoing.

Fred Talbot

In December 2013, the celebrity meteorologist, who is already being held on historical sex abuse offences, was detained and questioned for a second time over abuse claims.

The 63-year-old TV weatherman was detained on suspicion of indecent assault and serious sexual assault in relation to five former pupils at a school in Altrincham, Greater Manchester. He was also arrested on suspicion of indecent assault in relation to offences alleged to have occurred in the North East.

Talbot was first held on April 9th 2013 on suspicion of historical sex offences in relation to allegations of abuse against four pupils at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, when he was a teacher there.

Greater Manchester Police said he remains on police bail in relation to one count of indecent assault. No further action has been taken in relation to the other alleged offences for which he was originally arrested.

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