(NewsReady.com) – Paul Gadd was a popular English pop star in the 1970s and 1980s. He went by the stage name Gary Glitter and had multiple hits. Then, he sexually abused children and attempted to rape one, for which he was convicted and sent to jail. Now, his parole has been denied.
In 2015, Gadd was convicted of sexually abusing three school-aged children from 1975 to 1980. The court sentenced him to 16 years in prison. In 2023, he was automatically released after serving half of his sentence. However, he was only out of prison for a little over a month before authorities sent him back for violating the terms of his release.
In January 2024, Gadd went before the Parole Board and asked to be released. On February 7, officials announced the Parole Board denied his request because he continued to demonstrate a “lack of victim empathy.” They stated his release would not “be safe for the protection of the public.”
Richard Scorer, an attorney for one of Gadd’s victims, said the singer is a threat to kids and “has never shown any remorse” for the crimes he committed.
Gadd lived a life full of sex crimes. The first time he was jailed was in 1997 for possession of thousands of images of child pornography. The images were discovered during a search by London police. He was convicted of the offenses in 1999 but only sentenced to four months.
In 2002, Gadd was deported from Cambodia. He’d moved to the country after his release from jail for the disturbing images. According to reports, he moved to Phnom Penh, an area that was known as being popular for pedophiles. In April 2002, authorities discovered he was living in the country illegally, and he left. However, he returned to the country, and authorities eventually detained him after he was accused of sex crimes. Cambodian officials deported him, and in 2003, he was permanently barred from the nation.
After being prohibited from returning to Cambodia, Gadd settled in the neighboring country of Vietnam. In 2005, Vietnamese authorities convicted the disgraced star of sexually abusing two little girls under the age of 13. He was incarcerated for two-and-a-half years for the crimes.
In 2015, one of the Vietnamese victims spoke to the BBC. She said one of her friends took her to the singer’s home. After showing her disturbing images, he grabbed her, dragged her to the bedroom, and raped her. He was charged with raping her, but that was later reduced to a lesser charge because there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him.
Gadd will be eligible for another review by the Parole Board “in due course.”
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