Gary Glitter has been convicted of a string of child sex offences that occurred in the 1970s and 1980s, including attempted rape. The former glam rock star will spend the rest of his life in prison after being found guilty of these child sex abuse charges of three young girls, aged between 8 and 13.
According to a report on the Guardian, a jury of five men and seven women convicted Gary Glitter of six offences that were committed in the 1979s and 1980s, including the attempted rape of an 8-year-old child and having unlawful sex with a 12-year-old girl. These charges carry a life sentence for Glitter.
Judge Alistair McCreath told Gary Glitter in court, “In light of verdicts, I am remanding him in custody.”
Glitter was previously cleared of two counts of indecent assault and one count of administering a drug to facilitate sexual intercourse, according to the report. He is expected to be sentenced on February 27.
The 70-year-old, whose real name is Paul Gadd, is a father of three. He reportedly raised his eyebrows and appeared surprised when the verdicts were read out loud. Glitter also reportedly blew kisses to the reporters as he was led down to the jail cells.
Glitter’s sexual offences against his child victims, including his fans, were swept under the rug for 40 years because of the “immunity of fame,” according to the prosecution during the trial. That all changed when Glitter’s fall from grace started in the 1980s, when he was rumored to have a “voracious” appetite for underage children. He was convicted in 1999 of collecting 4,000 images of underage children, some involving children as young as 2.
Glitter was also arrested in 2012 as part of the Operation Yewtree investigation. It was set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal. It was during this time that his three victims, now grown women, told police about the sexual abuse they faced as children.
According to a report on the Inquisitr, Gary Glitter was a singer, songwriter, musician, and “glam rocker” in the 1970s and 1989s. He was known for his flamboyant outfits and performances. Glitter’s hit songs include “Rock n Roll Part 2,” which is also known as the “Hey Song.” The song quickly became a staple at U.S. sports events.
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