Former British pop star Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was arrested on Thursday and has been charged with committing eight sex offenses against two teenage girls between 1977 and 1980.
The Crown Prosecution Office stated that Glitter has been charged with six counts of indecent assault, one count of administering a drug to facilitate sexual intercourse and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under age 13. The first victim stated that he indecently assaulted her and drugged her for sex in 1977 when she was 12 or 13 years old.
The second victim accused Gary Glitter of indecently assaulting her between late 1970 and the end of 1980 when she was 13 or 14 years old.
Two other women made five extra allegations against the singer, however there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.
In 2012, Gary Glitter was the first suspect to be arrested as part of the UK Crown Prosecution investigation, Operation Yewtree, which was launched in the wake of abuse claims against Jimmy Saville. Glitter was released on police bail until March this year.
Now that officials from the Crown Prosecutors Office have completed their review, they have concluded that “there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr. Gadd to be charged with eight offenses under the Sexual Offenses Act 1956.”
This is not the first time Gary Glitter has been prosecuted on sex charges.
In 1999, the singer was jailed for four months in the United Kingdom after admitting to possessing child pornography.
In 2002, the singer was deported from Cambodia on suspected child sexual abuse charges. He moved to Vietnam where he was then convicted of obscene acts with minors in 2006. Glitter was jailed for nearly three years and was then deported back to England and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.
These convictions ended Gary Glitter’s long career and turned him into a hate figure.
Gary Glitter was a prominent singer, songwriter, musician, and “glam rocker” between 1972 and 1995. He was known for his flamboyant outfits and performance style. During these years he had 26 hit singles including “Rock n Roll,” “I’m the Leader of the Gang,” and “I Love You Love Me Love.” He has sold over 18 million records.
Gary Glitter is due to appear in Court on June 19.