Former pop star charged by Crown Prosecution Service following Operation Yewtree investigation
The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed that disgraced rocker Garry Glitter is to be charged with eight sexual offences involving girls aged 12-14.
Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, has been on bail since October 2012, when he became the first person to be arrested as part of Operation Yewtree following the police inquiry into sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile.
The Guardian reports that the CPS believe they have enough evidence to bring the case to trial after receiving new evidence as recently as March this year.
Glitter is accused of four counts of indecent assault involving one complainant between 31 January and 31 May 1977. The complainant was aged 12 or 13 at the time. The former pop star is also accused of “administering a drug or other thing in order to facilitate sexual intercourse” and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under 13 between the same dates.
Two further charges relate to counts of indecent assault between October 1979 and December 1980 made by a second complainant, who was 13-14 in during that period.
“We have carefully considered the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police Service in relation to Paul Gadd, also known as Gary Glitter,” Baljit Ubhey, chief crown prosecutor for CPS London said. “He was arrested on October 28 2012 over allegations of sexual offences and the police have been providing material to the CPS since July 2013, with the most recent material submitted in March 2014.”
“Having completed our review, we have concluded, in accordance with the code for crown prosecutors, that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Gadd to be charged with eight offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956. These relate to two female complainants aged between 12 and 14 at the time of the alleged offending between 1977 and 1980.”
Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted in 1999 of possession of child pornography and served four months in prison. After his release he relocated to Vietnam, where he was subsequently convicted of a string of child sexual abuse offences.
Glitter will appear at Westminster magistrates court later this month (June 19).