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Singer-Songwriter of One of the Most Popular Novelty Pop Songs, Worldwide, of the Early 1960s Faces Child-Sex Charges news.com.au

The man who wrote and sang one of the most popular novelty songs, worldwide, in the early 1960s is facing child sex charges.

Australian Rolf Harris, who sang the hit "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport," has been charged with "nine counts of indecent assault and four counts of making indecent images of a child" by British prosecutors, reports news.com.au.

"The alleged indecent assaults date from 1980 to 1986 and relate to two complainants aged 14 and 15 at the time of the alleged offending," the story reports. "Harris , 83, is scheduled to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on September 23.

"There are six charges of indecent assault relating to a girl aged between 15 and 16 from 1980 to 1981, three charges of indecent assault relating to a girl aged 14 in 1986, and four offences of making indecent images of a child between March and July 2012."

The story notes that Harris "has lived in Berkshire, west of London, for more than 50 years."