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  • 4 July 2014, 17:03

Allegations Of Harris' Shocking Web Searches

Details of Rolf Harris' alleged web searches for sexual images of young girls have been revealed - but prosecutors say the convicted paedophile will not go on trial over the claims.

The 84-year-old had 33 sexual photographs of children in a much larger collection of thousands of adult pornographic images, it was claimed.

But Harris' legal team told judge Mr Justice Sweeney the models in the photos were over 18, according to their identity documents provided by website bosses in the Ukraine.

They also maintained the entertainer accidentally accessed the images when he clicked on links from mainstream porn sites.

Harris was found guilty on Monday of 12 counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986 and was jailed on Friday for five years and nine months.

One of his four victims was seven or eight year old, and the rest were teenagers aged between 14 and 19.

Prosecutor Sasha Wass QC said: "In the light of the 12 unanimous convictions on the counts that Mr Harris faced, the Crown Prosecution Service has decided it is no longer in the public interest to proceed with a trial on these four charges."

Prosecutors claimed he had looked at a website called "teeny tiny girlfriends" and accessed a picture of a girl who was "extremely young in appearance".

Harris also allegedly clicked on other words including "youngest teen porn", "my little nieces" and "young teen girls".

Expert opinion gathered by both sides disagreed over whether the images were of underage girls, with the prosecution claiming one was of a child under 13.

This was denied by the defence, which maintained that all the models were adults and that the word "teen" could refer to someone of 18 or 19 years of age.

As the counts were debated during legal argument, Ms Wass said: " If it was an accident, it appears to be an accident he had a number of times."

Both sides agreed he had clicked on "young teen galleries" and "Russian virgins" while looking at porn.

Prosecutors alleged he deleted the images because he knew they were illegal, but again the defence denied this.

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