Former pop star Gary Glitter sentenced to 16 years for child sex offenses

By REUTERS
February 27, 2015 19:22

Former British pop singer Gary Glitter, who shot to fame in the 1970s as a "glam-rock" star but was later convicted of child sex crimes, was sentenced to 16 years in prison after being found guilty of indecently assaulting three girls.

Glitter, 70, whose real name is Paul Gadd, rose to prominence with the hit song "Rock and Roll", and became renowned for his figure-hugging shiny silver jump suits and platform shoes.

But his reputation was destroyed after he served two months in jail in 1999 for possession of child pornography, the first of several convictions.

Earlier this month, he was found guilty in a London court of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under the age of 13, all in the 1970s.

Sentencing Glitter on Friday, Judge Alistair McCreath said the star had abused his fame and caused deep harm to his victims.
"It is difficult to overstate the depravity of this dreadful behavior," he said at Southwark Crown Court.


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