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Glam Rocker Gary Glitter to stay in prison after losing refused parole bid

Jailed child sex offender Gary Glitter is to be kept in prison after losing a bid to the Parole Board.

The 79-year-old pop singer – real name Paul Gadd – was released a year ago after being jailed for 16 years.

He was guilty of sexually abusing three schoolgirls between 1975 and 1980.

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But, within weeks of being set free, he breached his parole conditions by searching the dark web for images.

Glam rocker Gary Glitter had three number one hits in the UK during the 70s.

His songs were – and still are – available on music platforms.

Dismissing his latest bid for freedom, the Parole Board said Gadd had continued to show a “lack of victim empathy”.

The report added:

“It found on the evidence that at the time of the offending, and while he was on licence, Mr Gadd had a sexual interest in underage girls.”The board noticed Gadd had not taken part in any programmes in prison to address his offending and continues to deny having a sexual interest in children.

The decision published by the Parole Board on Wednesday continued:

“After considering the circumstances of his offending, the lack of progress made while in custody and on licence, and the other evidence presented at the hearing, the panel was not satisfied that release at this point would be safe for the protection of the public.

“Rather, the panel considered that Mr Gadd was appropriately located in custody where outstanding levels of risk could be addressed.”

Lawyer Richard Scorer, who represents one of Gadd’s victims, told the Press Association news agency:

“This is the right decision and, in our view, the only decision that the parole board could have made.

“Everything we know about Gadd/Glitter indicates that he remains a risk to children and has never shown any remorse.”

Gadd’s crimes, stretching back to the 1970s, were uncovered after Operation Yewtree was launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

The investigation led to inquiries over historic sex offences committed by other celebrities, including former entertainer Rolf Harris and celebrity agent Max Clifford.

 

 

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