Gary Glitter guilty of sex crimes against 3 young victims

Gary Glitter
Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London on Thursday.
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British glam rocker Gary Glitter was convicted Thursday of committing sexual offenses in the 1970s against three victims who were all younger than 16 at the time, prosecutors announced.

Glitter, whose given name is Paul Francis Gadd, was found guilty by a London court of one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under age 13, one count of attempted rape and four counts of indecent assault, according to Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service.

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

He is to be sentenced Feb. 27. According to the Associated Press, he could face life in prison.


Glitter — best known for his 1972 song “Rock and Roll (Part 2),” which is ubiquitous at American sporting events — is no stranger to this kind of case.

In 2006, a Vietnamese court found him guilty of molesting two girls, ages 10 and 11, the previous year. He served nearly three years in prison there.

In 1999, he was jailed in Britain over child pornography offenses.

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