The Mail is reporting that a former public school teacher who has been branded ‘as bad as Savile’ after abusing Kenyan street children over four decades as been jailed for more than 17 years…
Charity boss Simon Harris lured boys using food, money and the promise of schooling to his luxury home in the East African country where the abuse took place between 2002 and May 2013.
Harris, 55, of Pudleston near Leominster in Herefordshire, was convicted after trial last year of three indecent assaults and five sexual assaults, with one victim thought to be as young as nine.
He was also found guilty of four charges of possessing indecent images of children.
Harris, who sat in the dock at Birmingham Crown Court wearing a suit and tie, never once looked up as the sentences were read out to him by Judge Philip Parker QC.
Addressing the former classics teacher directly, Judge Parker told Harris he was obviously ‘intelligent’ and ‘charismatic’, which had given him ‘a veneer of respectability’, but that he had used this to conceal a ‘self-centred arrogance’…
Harris, who before trial last year also admitted six counts of indecently assaulting three boys at a college in Devon where he had been a housemaster in the 1980s, had left those victims ‘haunted’, and ‘revolted’.
Last December he was found guilty of eight charges of indecent and sexual assault on five homeless Kenyan boys – one of whom was just nine. But police believe the abuse carried out by Harris, who formerly worked as a teacher in a British private school, could have spanned four decades, and the number of victims could be ‘in the thousands’.
A total of 46 Kenyan homeless children testified against Harris, but police say this number is ‘just a drop in the ocean’…
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