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Former pop star Gary Glitter has been jailed for a total of 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.
Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was sentenced for attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under 13.
Sentencing, Judge Alistair McCreath said he could find “no real evidence” that Gadd had atoned for his crimes.
The 70-year-old showed no emotion as he left the dock at Southwark Crown Court.
Judge McCreath told Gadd that it was clear his victims “were all profoundly affected” by his abuse of them.
“You did all of them real and lasting damage and you did so for no other reason than to obtain sexual gratification for yourself of a wholly improper kind,” he said.
Judge McCreath said the guidelines dictated that he must take the current sentencing options into account for the historical offences.
He said: “The offences for which I must pass sentence today took place many years ago at a time when in particular, in respect of one of them, the maximum sentence was considerably lower than that which is now available.”
Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC, defending, told the court that Gadd had been subject to a “very high degree of vilification” and “demonification” in the press after being jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for molesting two girls aged 11 and 12.
She said he had led “an increasingly isolated life” for the last decade and had been unable to walk down the street “without being the subject of vilification”.
Gadd was found guilty at the end of a three-week-long trial earlier this month.
He had been at the height of his fame when he attacked two girls aged 12 and 13 after inviting them backstage to his dressing room.
His youngest victim had been less than 10 years old when he crept into her bed and tried to rape her in 1975.
The allegations came to light only years later when Gadd became the first person to be arrested under Operation Yewtree – the investigation launched by the Met in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
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