Gary Glitter, a disgraced former pop star, was released after completing half his 16-year sentence.
Glitter, 78, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was given a sentence in 2015 for one count of having sex with a girl under 13 and four charges of attempted rape.
He was a prominent musical figure in the 1970s.
According to a representative for the justice ministry, probation agents will constantly watch Gadd.
When Gadd attacked two girls, 12 and 13, he was at the height of his career. He had invited them to his dressing room backstage.
In 1975, he attempted to rape his youngest victim, who was less than ten years old.
Gadd had been detained at Portland, Dorset’s HMP The Verne, a category C low-security prison. He was automatically released halfway through his sentence because he was given a fixed-term sentence.
According to a Ministry of Justice representative, “sex offenders like Paul Gadd are extensively monitored” by probation authorities and police and “face some of the harshest license restrictions.”
The spokeswoman stated, “If the criminal breaches these rules at any stage, they can go back to jail.”
Because these offenses were committed before the registry was established, Gadd will not be included for them. He was found guilty of sexually abusing two young girls in Vietnam in 2006, but he was already under a life sentence when he arrived in the UK.
Judge Alistair McCreath stated that he could discover “no meaningful evidence that” Gadd had atoned for his misdeeds at the time of sentencing in 2015.
It is difficult to emphasize the depravity of this horrible behavior, he said, calling Gadd’s assault of a girl under 10 “appalling.”
Judge McCreath stated, “You caused all of them actual and irreparable harm, and you did so for no other reason than to satisfy your utterly inappropriate sexual gratification.”
Despite Gadd’s denials of the accusations leveled against him, a three-week trial resulted in a conviction.
Conditions imposed on sex offenders include:
- Being made to attend meetings with a probation officer, who they must tell if they change their name
- Needing to request permission before travelling abroad – some offenders may face stricter overseas travel restrictions
- Having to provide police with personal details, including an address, which is updated annually and whenever details change
- They can also be prevented from unsupervised contact with children and face restrictions on internet use
- They can be immediately returned to prison if they breach the conditions
When Gadd was the first person detained as part of Operation Yewtree, the Met’s investigation began in 2012 following the Jimmy Savile scandal. The accusations that led to his detention came to light.
Gadd was described as a “habitual sexual predator who took advantage of the star position granted to him” by Det Ch Insp Michael Orchard of Operation Yewtree.
One of the most prominent glam rock performers in the UK throughout the 1970s was Gadd, who went by the stage name Gary Glitter. He had three UK number ones, including I’m the Leader of the Gang (I am!).
After he acknowledged owning tens of thousands of photographs depicting child sex abuse and was sentenced to four months in prison in 1999, his fall from fame came decades later.
He left Cambodia after being released and returned after being accused of sex crimes in 2002. He was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison in March 2006 after being found guilty of sexually assaulting two young girls in the neighboring country of Vietnam.
Gadd, who stood accused of kissing, fondling and engaging in other sexual acts with the girls, evaded more serious charges of child rape, which carried a maximum penalty of death by firing squad.
The former pop sensation was required to sign the sex offenders register upon his return to the UK in 2008.
Before the case that resulted in his most recent conviction went to trial in January 2015, he was detained at his London home in 2012 after being the subject of an investigation by police from Operation Yewtree.