British ex-teacher convicted of sexually abusing Kenya street boys

A former public school teacher has been convicted of sexually abusing vulnerable young Kenyan street boys. Charity boss Simon Harris, 55, had denied luring vulnerable boys using food, money and the promise of schooling to his home in the East African country where prosecutors said the abuse happened. Harris, from Herefordshire, England, had been on trial at Birmingham Crown Court for nine weeks. It is the first time new legislation has been used to successfully prosecute a British citizen for offences committed in Africa.

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Where Harris lured children to in Kenya

The jury unanimously found Harris guilty of five sex assaults, including against a victim as young as nine, and on two counts of indecent assault. He was also found to be guilty of four counts of possessing indecent images of children. However, jurors acquitted him of seven charges including rape, attempted rape and sexual assault. Judge Philip Parker QC told the jury he will accept majority verdicts on the remaining five offences, which include an allegation of rape against a child under 13.