Police look for other victims of Plymouth torture rapist
POLICE have released this picture of terrifying serial rapist Ian Harris in an attempt to trace other potential victims.
The 37-year-old was found guilty of brutally abusing and raping a young woman earlier this year at Plymouth Crown Court and recently admitted to five further rapes, an attempted rape, five counts of sexual assault and five counts of false imprisonment.
His victims numbered three women and two men, all targeted between last April and January this year.
The Crown Prosecution Service have said they will ask for four other similar offences to be taken into consideration – including bestiality towards his dog – when he is sentenced.
During the trial, his victim "J" told the court how she thought she was going to die during an ordeal lasting six or seven hours.
The woman was handcuffed, gagged and bound, and Harris repeatedly struck her with a wooden spatula while sexually abusing her.
Mobile phone records led police to trace two other women whom Harris had also sexually abused.
Harris later made a confession to detectives while he was being held at Exeter prison, admitting he had also held two men captive and raped them.
On Wednesday, The Herald exclusively revealed the depths of Harris' depravity and the immense bravery of his victim who not only reported him to police, but denounced him in court, leaving jurors in no doubt of his guilt.
Police have now released his mugshot ahead of his sentencing hearing, in case other potential victims now feel they can come forward.
Det Con Wayne Thielmann, who led the investigation, said: "It is possible there may be other victims of Harris out there who may not have felt they could come forward until now.
"The current investigation has come to its conclusion, and Harris has made no more admissions to us.
"However, if there are any other potential victims out there or anyone who has further information about Harris, then we want to hear from them.
"Harris was part of a eco-protest group which saw him travel across the Devon and Cornwall area, including towards Bristol. He travelled across the South West, utilising new-age style traveller encampments.
"Anyone who comes forward will be given support from the police and our partner agencies."
If you can assist the Plymouth Sexual Offences Investigation Team (SOIT) contact them on 101 quoting Operation Seaton.