Glam rocker Gary Glitter found guilty of child sex abuse against three girls


Former British glam rocker Gary Glitter has been found guilty of sexually abusing three young girls and could spend the rest of his life in prison.

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 between 1977 and 1980.

The jury of five men and seven women acquitted Gadd on three other counts after deliberating for two days at the end of a two-week trial in London.

The performer blew kisses in the public gallery as he was taken to the cells.

Prosecutor John Price earlier described how a drunk Gadd tried to impose himself on a girl, who was under 10 at the time, in the mid-1970s.

The victim did not come forward until 20 years after the incident when she saw that Gadd had admitted child pornography charges in 1999.

He also attacked two girls, aged 12 and 13, after inviting them to his dressing room without their mothers.

One victim, now in her 50s, told the court how Gadd, smelling of “alcohol and cigarettes”, put his arm around her, making her “uncomfortable”.

Chief Crown Prosecutor Baljit Ubhey said Gadd “abused his access to young fans in order to give himself the opportunity to assault and abuse his victims”.

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Gary Glitter could be jailed for life for committing child sex offenses(Barbara Miller)

“The bravery of the victims and other witnesses in this case cannot be underestimated and their testimony has been vital in bringing Gadd to justice,” he said.

The singer was first jailed in 1999 when he admitted possessing 4,000 images of child pornography.

He was deported from Cambodia in 2002 for unspecified allegations and convicted in Vietnam in 2006 of sexually abusing two girls, for which he was sentenced to three years in prison.

Upon her return to Britain, Glitter was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Peter Watt of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children accused the singer of being “devious and manipulative throughout this trial”.

“Fortunately, the jury saw through all the fake tears and his attempts to paint his victims as liars, gold diggers or opportunistic fantasists,” he said.

Glitter was arrested as part of the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Yewtree, launched following historic sexual abuse complaints against BBC star Jimmy Savile.

The inquest has already seen former radio DJ Dave Lee Travis, Australian entertainer Rolf Harris and famed publicist Max Clifford convicted of sex offences.

Glitter rose to fame in the 1970s and had over 20 hit singles, including I’m the Leader of the Gang (I Am), I Love You Love Me Love and Come On Come In Get On.

He will be sentenced on February 27.

AFP

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