Crime & the Law

Paul Gadd, known as ‘Gary Glitter’ faces the rest of his life in prison after child sex offence convictions

Paul Gadd from Marylebone- the first to be arrested under Operation Yewtree

70 year old Paul Gadd, better known as Gary Glitter, to be sentenced for child sex offences. Image: Met Police

70 year old Paul Gadd, better known as the former glamour rock star, ‘Gary Glitter’, has been convicted by a jury at Southwark Crown Court for sexual offences against three victims aged between 8 and 13, in 1975 and 1980.

Gadd, who lives in Marylebone, will be sentenced on 27th February for a total of six convictions.

They include unlawful sex, attempted rape and indecent assault of a girl under the age of 13, and indecent assault of a girl under the age of 16.

He has previous convictions for possessing child pornography in Britain and sexual assault of under-age victims in Vietnam.

DCI Michael Orchard from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said:

Paul Gadd has shown himself to be a habitual sexual predator, who took advantage of the star status afforded to him by targeting young girls who trusted him and were in awe of his fame. His lack of remorse and defence that the victims were lying make his crimes all the more indefensible. I am pleased the jury was able to see through this.

I would like to commend the bravery of the victims for coming forward. The courage and strength required to report allegations of this nature cannot be underestimated; and without their testimonials we would have no case to bring to court.

Paul Gadd was the first individual arrested under Operation Yewtree. This goes to highlight the complexities involved in dealing with offences of this nature and our determination to pursue all lines of inquiry and wherever possible present these cases before the courts.

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