“Deadliest Catch” has been one of the most successful docu-reality series on television. Following a number of deep sea captains on their perilous journeys, it gives viewers a glimpse into a world once barely known by the masses.
The show launched in 2008 and quickly became a household favorite; and everyone had their favorite captain. Captain Josh Harris took the helm from his father Phil Harris in 2010. Harris captains the vessel Cornelia Marie.
Behind the scenes, however, heinous acts have occurred. Turns out, Josh Harris raped a child—a 4-year-old girl—back in 1998. Yeah, take a seat because this one is a nauseating doozy. I’m not offering a content warning but if you’re sensitive to descriptions of rape, skip the next paragraph.
Josh Harris digitally, vaginally and orally raped a 4-year-old girl 7/14/1998. The child was the daughter of a neighbor and deckhand, and at the time of the rape, Harris was 15 or 16. His semen was found at the scene of the crime.
DNA processing was delayed so Harris wasn’t arrested until 1999. Harris pled to a lesser charge; assault 4 and immoral communication with a minor. Washington State court records show that he served 9 months and underwent a psychosexual exam as part of his sentence.
The arrest record shares some really fucking horrifying details including the fact that, “SSG detectives went to the victim’s residence and collected some further evidence of possible blood stains from the pillow on the bed, the sheet on the bed and a location on the floor next to the bed.”
Mind you that this child was so little that she described both of their genitals as “pee-pees” in the affidavit and described Harris’s penis as “like a banana.”
It takes a real sick fuck to hurt a child, but his narcissism really shows when you consider the fact that he then became a public figure. Which means people approach him all the time when they see him out and about, them and their children. If someone’s going to be repentant about the horrific things they have done, they’re not going to become famous and then shake hands and kiss babies as the famous Captain Josh.
The Cornelia Marie may still be a favorite boat, but her captain is a monster at the helm.