Kato Harris: 'The hell has passed, but the flashbacks are terrifying'

Kato Harris: 'The hell that I woke up to everyday has passed, but I have terrifying flashbacks'

Kato Harris joined Julia Hartley-Brewer

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Former teacher Kato Harris has told talkRADIO that he still has terrifying flashbacks about being accused of raping a teenage girl. 

The former geography teacher was accused of repeatedly raping a 14-year-old girl in 2013, but jurors found him not guilty during a trial last year after a deliberation that lasted just 15 minutes.

Speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer he said "the hell that I woke up into every morning is definitely now passed, though there are terrifying flashbacks and memories of it."

But he explained that his life has not gone back to normal as he has no job and struggles with no income, but he knows that tens of thousands of people are in the same position.

Harris said: "I’m enormously grateful to have everyday problems so many other people face, rather than nightmarish fantasy problems that hopefully few people will experience in their entire lives."

The former teacher added that there is a residual feeling of misery about everything that he lost, but that is counterbalanced by everything he has gained in terms of freedom and the ability to make decisions, although they are more limited.

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More from Julia Hartley-Brewer's interview with Kato Harris:

Kato Harris on packing for prison before rape trial verdict: 'It's like digging your own grave'

Kato Harris: 'If you become a male teacher you're buying a lottery ticket for false allegations'

Kato Harris: 'I don't think I'll look at humanity in the same way again'

Kato Harris, the full interview: Teacher falsely accused of rape reveals his hell