“Respected” Welsh Psychiatrist Brian Harris Guilty of Sexually Assaulting male patient

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Psychiatrist Dr Brian Harris guilty of sex assault charge
20 April 2017

Psychiatrist Brian Harris

A psychiatrist accused of sexually assaulting patients in his care has been found guilty of one of the charges against him.

Dr Brian Harris was accused of 13 counts of assaulting five men over a period of 20 years.

This morning the jury returned a guilty verdict on one of those charges – that Dr Harris sexually assaulted a man in the Rhondda Cynon Taff area in 2011.

The defendant was found not guilty on a further four counts, including two of rape. Yesterday, he was acquitted of another two charges – one of rape and one of indecent assault.

The jury are continuing to deliberate on the remaining six charges.

Dr Harris, 77, was a respected psychiatrist who worked in South Wales for a number of years.

He was accused of carrying out a number of sex attacks between 1991 and 2011. Some were alleged to have occurred at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, others at his surgery in the Rhondda Valley.

Over the course of a five week trial, Merthyr Crown court heard evidence from his alleged victims. One of them said that Dr Harris used his position of power to coerce him into doing sexual things.

“I didn’t want to do what I was doing… He had control of my drugs and whether I could stay out of hospital. I had to do sexual things to get my medication. “

Dr Harris denies all the charges against him, and the trial continues.

“Respected” Welsh Psychiatrist Brian Harris