UPDATED: Former dance teacher jailed for new child sex offences

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A former dance teacher has been jailed for new child sexual offences, after being imprisoned two years ago for previously sexually assaulting his pupils.

Neil Harris, 74, who is serving a five year prison sentence for indecent assault on four pupils in the 1970s and 80s, has been sentenced to eight years for 25  counts of indecent assaults today (5 June 2020) at Birmingham Crown Court.

Harris, from Tamworth, was charged with the further offences after more victims came forward following his conviction in 2017.

The court heard that over a period of 24 years, Harris abused the 11 victims who were children at the time. He would - under the pretext of checking or arranging the leotards or costumes of girls and a boy - sexually assault them through inappropriate touching, fondling and caressing.

The 11 victims, 10 females and one male, all testified in court and gave accounts of the abuse and suffering they experienced.

Julia McSorley, of the CPS, said: "Harris used his position as a dance and gymnastics teacher to abuse young children who were entrusted into his care. In the selfish pursuit of his own sexual gratification, Harris burdened each of his child victims with the significant and lasting effects of his offending.

"The impact of his crime on his victims has been enormous and affected their childhood, and also the adult years, of many of his victims. I want to thank the victims for their bravery in coming forward and giving evidence."

Notes to editors

  • Julia McSorley is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS West Midlands
  • Neil Harris (13/07/45) was sentenced to eight years for 25 counts of Indecent assault relating to 10 victims at Birmingham Crown Court.

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