LONDON — Former glam-rock star Gary Glitter, best known for his hit song “I’m the Leader of the Gang (I Am),” has been jailed for 16 years for sexual assaults against young girls committed between 1975 and 1980.
Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was found guilty of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one of having sex with a girl under 13, according to the BBC.
His youngest victim was just 10 years old when Glitter crept into her bed as she slept and tried to rape her.
Judge Alistair McCreath told Gadd, who is 70 years old: “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.”
Gadd was jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for molesting two girls aged 11 and 12.
Glitter was a star of the U.K. glam-rock scene in the early 1970s. His breakthrough single was “Rock ‘n’ Roll (Parts 1 and 2)” in 1972, which topped the U.S. charts. In 1973, he had a string of hits, including “I Didn’t Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock and Roll),” “I Love You Love,” “Do You Wanna Touch Me” and “I’m the Leader of the Gang.” Glitter had sold 18 million records by 1975.