Gary Glitter, the former glam rock star, was sentenced to 16 years in prison this morning after being convicted of sexually abusing three young girls.
Glitter, 70, real name Paul Gadd, could well spend the rest of his life in prison. Among the six offenses for which he was convicted were illegal sex with a 12-year-old girl and attempted rape of an eight-year-old girl. Gadd committed the crimes between 1975 and 1980, when he was at the height of his fame.
A girl, assaulted in 1977, visited the singer backstage after a concert after which he invited her to her hotel room and assaulted her. Michael Orchard, a chief detective inspector who works for the Child Exploitation and Abuse Command, said: in fear of his fame. His lack of remorse and self-defense that the victims were lying make his crimes all the more indefensible. “
Gadd was the first person to be arrested in connection with the Operation Yewtree investigation which was launched after the revelations about Jimmy Saville came to light.
Gadd was first arrested in 1997 after pedophile images were discovered on his laptop, and in 1999 he was jailed for four months and entered into the sex offender registry after finding out he owned a library of 4000 indecent images involving children, some as young as two.
Gadd was deported from Cambodia in 2002 and spent time in prison around the country after being arrested for alleged sexual offenses. He had lived in the country for three years before his deportation.
While sentencing him, Judge McCreath described how Gadd inflicted long-lasting damage on his victims who “” were all deeply affected “by the abuse.” You have all done real and lasting damage to them and you have done it for no other reason than to get sexual gratification for yourself of a totally inappropriate type, ”McCreath said.