Charity worker drugs and sexually abuses 8 homeless children (video)

Simon Harris 
By: Wayne Morin 

(Scroll down for video) A charity worker was arrested, charged and convicted of sexual assault after sexually assaulting homeless children, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Now, the 55-year-old charity worker of Herefordshire, has been sentenced to 17 years and 4 months in prison for sexual offenses, which were committed over a 26 year period on eight young boys in the United Kingdom and in Kenya.

The victims in Kenya were able to give evidence from a hotel close to their hometown via a video link. This was broadcast into the courtroom and they were able to be questioned and cross-examined.

A jury at the Birmingham Crown Court heard how Simon Harris of Pudleston near Leominster, was arrested and charged with 30 sexual offenses and five offenses relating to indecent images.

Harris was convicted of eight sexual offences relating to five children in Gilgil, Kenya, where Harris was a charity volunteer co-ordinator.

He was also convicted of four indecent images offenses at trial. Through his work in Kenya, Harris came into contact with homeless children.

He would entice the victims through the promise of work or education to come to his home in Gilgil. Once there, he would provide the boys with alcohol and drugs, and then he would sexually abuse them.

On the first day of his trial, he pleaded guilty to six sexual offenses committed against three boys at a school in Devon.