Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years

Singer sentenced at Southwark Crown Court after being found guilty of historic child sex offences

Gary Glitter has been jailed for 16 years after being found guilty of historic child sex offences dating back to the ’70s and ’80s.

Glitter was sentenced for attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under 13, the BBC reports.

Sentencing, Judge Alistair McCreath said that there was “no real evidence” that Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, had atoned for his crimes.

Glitter, who denied all charges, was acquitted of three other counts earlier this month (February 5).

Glitter was previously convicted in 1999 for possession of child pornography and served four months in prison. After his release he relocated to Vietnam, where he was subsequently convicted for a string of child sex abuse offences.

The singer rose to prominence in the ’70s with a string of Number One hits including ‘I’m The Leader Of The Gang (I Am)’, ‘I Love You Love Me Love’, and ‘Always Yours’. Between 1972 and 1995, the singer had more than 20 hit singles, which spent a total of 180 weeks in the UK Top 100.