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
Gary Glitter Guilty of Historical Sex Offenses
British pop star Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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. (More Gary Glitter stories.)

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