Singer Gary Glitter convicted of sexual abuse in Britain

LONDON – Former glam rocker Gary Glitter was convicted on Thursday of sexually abusing three young girls decades ago, and he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Paul Gadd, 70, whose stage name is Gary Glitter, was convicted by a London jury on one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual relations with a girl under 13 between 1977 and 1980. He was acquitted of three other charges and left the courtroom kissing. He will be sentenced at the end of February.

Prosecutors said Mr Gadd abused his access to young fans to assault them, and they described how Mr Gadd tried to impose himself on a girl, who was under 10 at the time, at the mid-1970s. The victim came forward 20 years after the episode, after Mr. Gadd was jailed for a few months in 1999 when he admitted to possessing 4,000 images of child pornography.

He was expelled from Cambodia in 2002 and sentenced in Vietnam in 2006 for sexually abusing two girls, for which he was sentenced to prison. After his return to Britain, he was listed for life on the sex offender register.

Mr Gadd was arrested in a police operation launched following charges of sexual abuse against BBC star Jimmy Savile, who died in 2011. Former radio DJ Dave Lee Travis, artist Australian Rolf Harris and famous publicist Max Clifford have been convicted of sexual offenses.

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