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Pervert's X-rated disgrace Sicko who tried to lure teen into performing sex act told her she would be a hit on talent show


Anthony Harris

Anthony Harris

Anthony Harris stopped teenage girl in the street

Anthony Harris stopped teenage girl in the street


Anthony Harris

Meet the X Factor- loving pervert who tried to lure a teenage schoolgirl into giving him oral sex by telling her she'd be perfect for the hit television show.

We confronted 58-year-old Anthony Harris at his home in Gurranabraher, Cork, on Wednesday as he awaits a risk assessment that will help a judge decide on a sentence for his sickening antics.

Answering his front door in sunglasses, the balding pervert whined that publicity around his case means he is now embarrassed to show his face on his road.

"I'm out on bail at the moment like," he told our reporter.

"I'm not a danger to anyone.

"I can't talk about it.

"It was all in the local paper there and I'm disgraced on the road now, do you know what I mean?

"I've a sick mother inside there - I've to go."

Details of Harris' approaches to the teenage schoolgirl emerged at a sitting of Cork District Court on Monday.

The court heard how a teenage schoolgirl told gardaí that a man spoke to her a number of times on her way to school telling her she had such a lovely voice she should be on The X Factor, the British reality TV music competition to find new singing talent.

Created by Simon Cowell, the show began broadcasting in September of 2004 and due to its huge success is still being broadcast today.

In her statement to gardaí, the girl continued that after months of Harris's unwanted attentions, he made a sexual proposition to her.

Harris was appearing before the District Court for sentencing charged with restricting the personal liberty of a child for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

Under the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act of 1998, any person found guilty of this offence is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years.

However, as Harris pleaded guilty and his case is before the District Court, the maximum sentence he faces is understood to be 12 months and or a fine of €1,800.

Judge Olann Kelleher confirmed that he had read a background probation report on the accused that was prepared for the court.

Sergeant Pat Lyons outlined the facts of the case stating: "A juvenile female made a complaint that while walking to school she was approached between August and November 2019 a number of times by a man.

"She said he said to her, 'You have a lovely voice, you should be on X Factor.'

"On November 6, 2019, she said he stood in front of her when she was on her way to school and spoke to her about skipping school and going down on him, asking would she kiss him or perform oral sex.

"She walked away. He called her back. She was scared," Sgt. Lyons said.

When Anthony Harris was questioned he accepted he was the man who was talking to the girl.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said the defendant cooperated with the investigation and with the preparation of a probation report.

It was indicated by the probation service that a further more detailed assessment would have to be done to determine the level of risk posed by the defendant into the future.

Judge Kelleher told the defendant: "You must carry out every instruction of the probation service. Otherwise you will be arrested and brought to court in custody."

The case was adjourned for two months to allow the risk assessment to be undertaken.