Former glam rock singer Gary Glitter found guilty of child sex crimes in London


A British jury on Thursday found former glam rock singer Gary Glitter guilty of a series of sexual assaults against three young girls in the 1970s.

Glitter, 70, real name Paul Gadd, was found guilty of one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of intercourse with a girl under 13 .

“Paul Gadd turned out to be a habitual sexual predator who took advantage of the star status accorded him by targeting young girls who trusted him and were impressed by his fame,” Chief Inspector Michael Orchard said. “His lack of remorse and defense that the victims lied makes his crimes all the more indefensible.”

Glitter was convicted by a jury of five men and seven women in a London court after a two-week trial.

He blew kisses in a public gallery full of reporters while on remand. He will be sentenced on February 27.

Glitter’s career peaked in the early 1970s. He is best known for Rock & Roll (Part 2), a success in the United States and Great Britain. He fell out of favor after being convicted and imprisoned for child abuse in Vietnam.

The singer was arrested in October 2012, the first in a series of arrests under the operation Yewnational police investigation launched following child abuse scandal surrounding late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile.

The maximum penalty in Britain for unlawful sex with a minor is life imprisonment.

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