Unsettling news has been announced today as former British glam rockstar Paul Gadd—known as Gary Glitter—has been found guilty of five child sex abuse charges by a London jury overnight.
Gadd was trialled by a 12-person jury in London over five allegations: one count of attempted rape, three counts of indecent assault and one count of intercourse with a minor under the age of 13. The abuse allegedly took place at the height of Gadd’s music career, between 1977 and 1980.
In 1999, Gadd was jailed for child pornography charges – the singer admitted to having 4000 images of child pornography.
According to the Chief crown prosecutor, Gadd took advantage of his fame and “abused his access to young fans in order to give himself the opportunities to assault and abuse his victims.”
After being accused of dishonesty during his trail, a spokesperson of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children praised the case’s outcome: “Thankfully the jury has seen through all the fake tears, and his attempts to paint his victims as liars, gold diggers or opportunistic fantasists,” Peter Watt said, according to ABC.
The conviction of Gary Glitter was brought to attention through Operation Yewtree, a Scotland Yard investigation into child abuse following the prosecution of Jimmy Saville, and more recently, Australian star Rolf Harris.