Gary Glitter Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Sex Offenses

Gary Glitter - H 2015
Courtesy of Metropolitan Police

Gary Glitter - H 2015

A London judge announces the sentence against the former British glam rocker, who was recently convicted of several offenses involving teenage girls.

On Friday, a judge in London announced that former British pop star Gary Glitter was sentenced to 16 years in prison. BBC, Sky News and other media reported the sentence.

Last year, Glitter was charged with a slew of sex offenses involving teenage girls. He was recently convicted of six involving three girls.

The charges against Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, were related to girls as young as 12, with the offenses taking place in the late 1970s and 1980.

The 70-year-old former glam rocker was arrested in Oct. 2012 as part of Operation Yewtree, a national investigation launched in the wake of a child-abuse scandal surrounding late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile.

Glitter is known for his hit "Rock & Roll (Part 2)." He previously spent two months in a British jail for possession of child pornography after a 1999 conviction. He also was sent to prison in Vietnam in 2006 during his time in the country for molesting two girls aged 11 and 12, according to the BBC.

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