Glam rock star Gary Glitter has been sentenced to 16 years behind bars for sexually assaulting three underage girls.
Paul Gadd, 70, was found guilty of one count of attempted rape, one count of unlawful intercourse with a girl under 13 and four counts of indecent assault, Sky News reported alongside many other foreign publications.
One of Gadd’s victims was under 10 years old. According to the conviction, the pop musician crawled into the girl’s bed and attempted to rape her in 1975. He was also found guilty of assaulting two girls, aged 12 and 13, after having invited backstage to his dressing room and isolated them from their mothers. . Gadd has denied all charges.
“I have read the victim impact statements of all three victims,” Judge Alistair McCreath said during sentencing. “It’s clear, in their own different ways, that they were all deeply affected by your abuse of them.”
“You have caused real and lasting harm to all of them and you have done so only to procure sexual gratification of a completely inappropriate kind,” he continued. “The offenses for which I must sentence today occurred many years ago at a time when, notably, for one of them the maximum sentence was considerably less than what is currently available .”
A Sky News reporter was present at Southwark Crown Court in London and said Gadd showed no reaction when his sentence was handed down. When Gadd arrived in court earlier, he waved to two friends in the public gallery.
Gadd is the first person arrested in connection with the local Metropolitan Police’s Operation Yewtree.
Watch a video below of local authorities talking about Gadd’s sentencing.