Gary Glitter Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault of Three Schoolgirls | UK News

Former glam rock singer Gary Glitter faces death in prison after being sentenced to 16 years for sexually abusing three schoolgirls.

The 70-year-old man, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted of one count of attempted rape, one count of unlawful intercourse with a girl under 13 and four counts of molestation. All six offenses were committed in the 1970s and 1980s.

Glitter, dressed in a black velvet coat and burgundy scarf, showed no reaction as he was taken from the quayside after being convicted at Southwark Crown Court in London on Friday.

There was only standing space in the courtroom as the singer’s loyal fans gathered in the public gallery to witness the sentencing.

Judge Alistair McCreath said: “I have read the impact statements of the three victims. It is clear, in their different ways, that they have all been deeply affected by your abuse of them.

“You have done real and lasting damage to them all and you have done it for no other reason than to gain sexual gratification for yourself of a totally inappropriate type.”

He added: “The offenses for which I have to convict today took place many years ago at a time when, in particular, for one of them the maximum penalty was considerably less than. the one that is currently available. ”

He said earlier that the guidelines dictate that he must consider current sentencing options.

Glitter, from Marylebone in central London, had denied the allegations against him.

He was cleared at trial of one count of abusing alcohol with a girl under 13 to facilitate sex, and two other counts of indecent assault.

Habitual sexual predator Glitter has been jailed after being convicted after a three-week trial. He was at the height of his fame when he took on his vulnerable victims, who believed no one would believe their words rather than those of a celebrity.

He attacked two girls, aged 12 and 13, after inviting them backstage at his lodge and isolating them from their mothers.

The youngest victim, 70, was under 10 when he slipped into bed and attempted to rape her in 1975.

Gary Glitter in concert in 1975. Photograph: ITV / Rex features

The allegations did not come to light until almost 40 years later, when Glitter became the first person to be arrested in connection with Operation Yewtree, the Met’s investigation following the Jimmy Savile scandal.

In condemning Glitter, McCreath called his abuse of a girl under 10 “appalling.” He continued, “It’s hard to overstate the depravity of this appalling behavior.”

Referring to the second daughter, whom he assaulted after a nightclub performance, the judge added: “The 12-year-old victim came with her mother to one of your concerts. You invited them both to your hotel and created a situation where her mother was taken from your bedroom suite to another location, leaving you with this sexually inexperienced child.

“It all happened because and only because of your fame. You kept her in your room all night.

He concluded: “I note that in 2011 you sought professional help to understand your sexual attitudes and behaviors. I am not in a position to decide what your real motivation was in seeking this treatment, whether it was to come to terms with your past and change your attitudes and behavior or to persuade the authorities to allow you to travel abroad.

“But one thing is certain and important in the context of this sentencing exercise. Whatever changes may have been effected in you by this treatment, they did not include any admission on your part of the wrong you had done, especially the offenses for which you are now convicted.

The judge reiterated that he had found no evidence that Glitter had “atoned” for his offenses.

Glitter suffered a dramatic fall from grace in 1999 when he admitted to owning 4,000 child abuse images and was jailed for four months in 1999.

In 2002, Glitter was deported from Cambodia for unspecified allegations, and in March 2006, he was convicted of sexually abusing two girls, aged 10 and 11, in Vietnam.

Glitter was jailed for seven years on one count of attempted rape against his first victim, to be executed consecutively with an eight-year sentence for unlawful sex with a girl under 13 – the second girl.

He was sentenced to 12 months in prison for assaulting his 13-year-old victim. He was sentenced to an additional five years for the other three counts of indecent assault, to run simultaneously.

Responding to the 16-year prison sentence, Mark Castle, chief executive of the Victim Support charity, praised the courage of the victims of the shameful singer. He said: “Glitter was convicted not because of forensic evidence or eyewitness testimony, but because jurors saw through his lies and believed the testimony of his victims.

“This jail sentence is a testament to the courage the Glitter victims have shown in reporting their ordeal and courageously confronting this serial pedophile in court.”

Scotland Yard said it had received further information in light of Glitter’s conviction, which was “under assessment”.

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