Gary Glitter freed from prison after serving half of sentence for abusing girls

Gary Glitter
Gary Glitter after his arrest. (Image: Met Police)

Disgraced pop star Gary Glitter has been released from prison, according to the Press Association.

The 79-year-old has been freed after serving half of his 16-year sentence for sexually abusing three schoolgirls, the PA news agency understands.

He reportedly left HMP The Verne – a low security category C jail in Portland, Dorset – on Friday after eight years behind bars. He will now be subject to licence conditions.

The former glam rock singer, who had a string of chart hits in the 1970s, was convicted and jailed in 2015 for the historic sex attacks.

Glitter attacked two girls, aged 12 and 13, after inviting them backstage to his dressing room, and isolating them from their mothers.

He crept into the bed of his third victim – a girl who was aged under 10 at the time – in an attempt to rape her in 1975.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was at the height of his fame when he preyed on the youngsters.

The allegations came to light when Glitter became the first person to be arrested under Operation Yewtree – the investigation launched by the Metropolitan Police in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

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Glitter, pictured in November 1999…

 

Gary Glitter
…and on stage in December 1997

 

Sentencing the star in 2015, Judge Alistair McCreath said all the victims were “profoundly affected” by the abuse and suffered “lasting damage”.

He said it was “difficult to overstate” this “dreadful behaviour” when referring to the assault on one victim, telling Glitter he was able to attack another “only” because of his fame.

Glitter later lost a Court of Appeal challenge against his conviction.

His fall from grace happened years earlier after he admitted possessing around 4,000 child pornography images and was jailed for four months in 1999.

In 2002, he was expelled from Cambodia amid reports of sex crime allegations, and in March 2006 he was convicted of sexually abusing two girls, aged 10 and 11, in Vietnam and spent two-and-a-half years in prison.

Source:  Sky News news.sky.com

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