Tuesday 17 October 2017

Former teacher described as 'calculating sexual predator' jailed for 17 years

Former public school teacher Simon Harris, who is due to be sentenced after he was convicted of abusing vulnerable street children while living in Africa (West Mercia Police/PA Wire)
Former public school teacher Simon Harris, who is due to be sentenced after he was convicted of abusing vulnerable street children while living in Africa (West Mercia Police/PA Wire)

Richard Vernalls

A former public school teacher described as a prolific and calculating sexual predator has been jailed for 17 years and four months after abusing vulnerable young Kenyan street children.

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.

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