Pedophile pop star Gary Glitter could be released from Verne, Portland prison ‘in a matter of weeks’

PEDOPHILE pop star Gary Glitter could be cleared from his current prison in Portland to an open prison “in a matter of weeks”, it has been reported.

One of his victims revealed his horror at reports that he could be released from HMP The Verne and said he would ‘always be a terrible danger to young girls’.

The singer, real name Paul Gadd, was jailed for 16 years in 2015 for indecent assault on young girls.

But according to reports, he could be eligible for a day release in a few weeks.

However, probation staff could still decide to keep him in prison if they believe he poses a risk to the children.

And even if he is released, he would still be on conditions and could be recalled until his 16-year sentence has been served. He will also remain on the sex offender registry for life.

Glitter was imprisoned for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.

He denied having done so. But, after a trial, he was convicted of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under 13.

The court heard Glitter was at the height of his pop star fame when he attacked two of the girls, aged 12 and 13, after inviting them backstage to his dressing room.

His youngest victim was under 10 when he crawled into her bed and attempted to rape her in 1975.

His pedophilia was first exposed in 1997 when he was caught with 4,000 child sexual abuse images.

Glitter was later deported from Cambodia on charges of child sex abuse, before settling in Vietnam.

In 2006, in Vietnam, he was imprisoned for assaulting two girls aged 11 and 12.

After serving his sentence in Vietnam, Glitter was sent back to the UK.

He was later arrested as part of Operation Yewtree.

But, after serving seven years in prison, it was reported last week that Glitter had been officially notified by The Verne governors that he had been slated for transfer to an open prison.

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland would have the power to block the move.

In February, it emerged that Glitter had been hit with coronavirus in front of his victims and the prison guards guarding him.

Later that month there was a Covid outbreak at the prison, causing local infection figures to rise.

120 inmates at the Category C prison had tested positive during the outbreak.

A Justice Department spokesman said the Justice Department was unable to comment on the individual circumstances of the detainees.

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