Former British pop star Gary Glitter, aka Paul Gadd, was arrested Sunday on charges of child sex abuse. The 68-year-old London resident was escorted from his home by police Sunday morning and his home searched for evidence relating to the charges against him.
Gary Glitter rose to fame in the 1970s with the hit song “Rock and Roll” and sold over 18 million records by 1975. This is not the first time Gary Glitter has faced charges of child sex abuse. He was previously convicted of sexual abuse of two young girls in Vietnam in 2006 and served prison time.
The arrest of Gary Glitter was part of an ongoing investigation into astounding accusations of massive child abuse by late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, according to the BBC. Accusations that Jimmy Saville allegedly abused young girls for decades were aired in an ITV expose. Hundreds of alleged victims have come forward with claims of being abused by Jimmy Saville.
Gary Glitter’s arrest was directly related to the case being investigated against late BBC host Jimmy Saville. A police statement said Glitter was arrested due to the investigation into “Saville and others”.
Jimmy Saville, who was considered a “national treasure”, died last October. Now, just a year later, police are calling him “undoubtedly” one of the most prolific child sex abuse predators in Britain.