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Rolf Harris caged: Pervert exploited clean-cut reputation

By Colin Francis

One of Rolf Harris's victims has said his sex crimes were made "crueller and sicker" by the fact he maintained a clean family image while molesting children.

The woman, who was groped in Cambridge when she was a teenager, said she could remember what happened "like it was five minutes ago".

She was waitressing at a celebrity event in the city and saw Harris outside playing up to the crowd, before he grabbed her and groped her bottom.

The disgraced entertainer tried to claim he had only visited the city four years ago, but members of the public came forward in the wake of media reporting of the trial to reveal he had appeared in an episode of ITV's Star Games filmed there in 1978.

The woman said: "He was a celebrity.

"He was a family man. So you instantly trusted in him.

"He was a children's entertainer, so by association you should be able to trust such a person. Everyone is laughing with him and adoring him while you're having that done to you.

"It's an unbelievable feeling of a loss of trust and a loss of innocence.

"That someone can do that to you and have a laugh and smile and joke with everyone as he's doing it."

She said her ordeal was made worse because Harris was so popular.

"It made it a lot worse because it was like rubbing your face in it.

"There was no way Rolf Harris could have ever done that because he was such an icon, such a family-orientated man.

"But that's what makes it seem even crueller and sicker that he betrayed this image, got involved with kids' charities yet was perpetrating these crimes."

Dozens more alleged victims came forward during the trial, and the woman urged any who have not yet contacted police to pass on details of the crimes.

She said she was not surprised at Harris's blanket denials of his predatory behaviour.

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