Gary Glitter Found Guilty of Child Sex Crimes

Gary Glitter Found Guilty of Child Sex Crimes
Rocker Gary Glitter has been found guilty on five of the eight sex offences committed in the late '70s against two underage girls, including attempted rape and sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13.

Verdicts were handed down today (February 5) at Southwark Crown Court, London, with a jury finding Glitter (a.k.a. Paul Gadd) guilty of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13. He had pleaded not guilty.

Sentencing will be delivered February 27, with Gadd potentially facing life in prison for the offence of having sex with an underage girl.

Throughout a two-week trial, it had been revealed that Gadd had tried to rape a 10-year-old girl in 1975, with the singer having crept into her bed. After the attack, a drunken Gadd fell asleep while the girl locked herself in a bathroom.

Other attacks were made on a 12-year-old girl following a performance in Leicester in 1977, and on a girl aged between 13 and 14 when Glitter had invited her backstage, forcefully kissed her and slipped his hand underneath her skirt. He had apparently told the girl the incident was to be their "secret." Gadd had denied the incident took place, saying that he could not have abused the individual as he was cleaning his wig.

The trial had apparently seen Gadd crying while defending himself over the charges, with prosecutors claiming he was attempting to curry favour with the courts. Peter Watt, director of national services for the NSPCC, claimed the singer was "devious and manipulative throughout this trial"

He added, "He tried to portray himself as the victim in this case, as a remorseful, penitent man who had paid for his previous crimes but now faced malicious new allegations. It was just another performance."

Police are currently seeking out other potential victims in relations to Glitter's crimes, with a Metropolitan Police spokeswoman confirming: "Officers have received other information and it is currently being assessed."

Glitter had previously been convicted and jailed for possessing child pornography and was arrested in 2005 in Vietnam for molesting two underage girls. 

"The bravery of the victims and other witnesses in this case cannot be understated and their testimony has been vital in bringing Paul Gadd to justice."