Convicted paedophile Gary Glitter has been recalled to prison just one month after his much-publicised release
Disgraced former pop star Gary Glitter has been recalled to prison after breaching his licence conditions, the Probation Service has said. The singer, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was freed in February after serving half his 16-year jail term for sexually abusing three schoolgirls.
Glitter, a former pop star who enjoyed chart-topping success during the 1970s, was convicted in 2015 of sexually abusing three schoolgirls. After serving eight years in HMP The Verne, a category C low-security prison located in Portland, Dorset, he was released on Friday, 3 February.
After being released, Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was put under strict licence conditions, which included close monitoring by the police and Probation Service as well as being fitted with a GPS tag.
A spokesperson from the Probation Service stated that their primary goal is to protect the public, and they achieve this by setting tough licence conditions. If offenders breach these conditions, they do not hesitate to return them to custody.
During his heyday, Glitter took advantage of his fame and preyed on his vulnerable victims, who felt that their claims would not be believed over those of a celebrity. He lured two girls, aged 12 and 13, to his dressing room and isolated them from their mothers before assaulting them. In 1975, he attempted to rape a third victim, who was under 10 years old at the time.
These allegations remained hidden for nearly four decades until Glitter became the first person to be arrested under Operation Yewtree, an investigation launched by the Metropolitan Police in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
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