UK An ex pop star convicted of child crime released from

UK: An ex-pop star convicted of child crime released from prison

Gary Glitter, a former British pop star who was sentenced to 16 years in prison for sexually assaulting three minors in 2015, was released from prison on Friday.

The 79-year-old ex-singer, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted in 2015 of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and sex with a minor.

He was released from Portland Prison in Dorset, southern England, on Friday after eight years in prison, Britain’s PA news agency said.

Gary Glitter was at the height of fame when he tackled these minors.

The former ‘glam rock’ star, who had been branded a ‘recidivist sex offender’ by police, had assaulted two young girls, aged 12 and 13, lured them into his dressing room and isolated them from their mothers.

The youngest victim was under 10 when he tried to rape her in 1975.

Glitter was arrested in London on October 28, 2012 as pedophilia scandals surrounding old showbiz hits multiplied in the UK.

He was arrested in 1997 and sentenced to four months in prison for downloading child pornography onto his computer.

To escape from the press, he fled to Cambodia, from where he was expelled in 2002 for pedophilia.

In 2006 he was sentenced in Vietnam to three years in prison for indecent assault on two minors. He returned to Britain in 2008 after serving a sentence of two years and nine months in prison.

Gary Glitter had his moment of glory in the 70s, especially with his song “I’m the Leader of the Gang (I am)”.