Gary Glitter Guilty of Historical Sex Offenses

Former glam-rock singer faces life in prison
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2015 10:39 AM CST
British pop star Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(Newser) – Former glam rocker Gary Glitter was today found guilty of historical sex abuse involving three children. He was convicted of six counts related to the 1975 attempted rape of an 8-year-old girl, sex with a 12-year-old girl two years later, and an encounter with another victim who was under age 16 at the time. The Guardian reports that the charge of sexual intercourse with a girl under age 13 carries a life sentence.

The Guardian describes his apparent shock at the verdicts. Sky News reports Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, blew kisses to the court as he was taken into custody; Sky News reporter Richard Suchet tweeted that the 70-year-old "turned to a friend in the gallery & indicated with his finger that the jury was crazy." The BBC reports he will be sentenced Feb. 27.

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