Gary Glitter, a disgraced British pop star who was found guilty of pedophilia, was let out of prison on Friday after serving only half of his 16-year sentence.
PA News says Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was released from the HMP The Verne prison in Dorset, England. In 2015, the singer of “Do You Wanna Touch Me” was locked up because he had abused three young girls under the age of 13 when he was at the top of his career in the 1970s.
The third person the 79-year-old killed was younger than 10 years old. In 1975, he crept into her room and tried to rape her. In the 1970s and 1980s, Glitter was a worldwide star, but his fame didn’t last long.
In 1999, he was caught downloading 4,000 child pornography images, which sent him to jail for only 4 months. His crimes against children didn’t end until the early 2000s when he was kicked out of Cambodia because of reports of sex crimes.
In 2006, he was found guilty in Vietnam of having sex with a child. He got out of jail after 3 years, but he had to sign up as a sex offender when he returned to his home country.
Glitter took the young girls away from their parents so he could do his terrible things. He did this by inviting them backstage at his shows. Then, in his dressing room, he used them for his gain.
— New York Post (@nypost) February 3, 2023
At Glitter’s sentencing, Judge Alistair McCreath said, “It is difficult to overstate the depravity of this dreadful behavior,” He also said that he wished he could put Glitter in jail for longer, but he couldn’t because of sentencing rules for crimes that happened in the 1970s.
Now that Glitter is out of jail, he will have to follow a strict set of rules to be able to work in the community. “Rock and Roll Part 2,” the singer’s 1972 hit, was used in the 2019 movie “Joker.”
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