Former pop star Gary Glitter charged with eight sex offenses

Jun 5, 2014 at 3:24 p.m. ET
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British musician Gary Glitter is facing some serious charges. His long rap sheet with child molestation and pornography continues.

Gary Glitter, also known as Paul Gadd, was charged this week with eight sex offenses involving two young girls who were 12 and 14 years old at the time. The charges stem from incidents that happened between 1977 and 1980.

The 70-year-old former pop star was arrested in October 2012 as a part of Operation Yewtree, which was a national investigation in Britain. The sting was launched after the late BBC entertainer, Jimmy Savile, was involved in a child abuse scandal.

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This isn't Glitter's first time with child sex abuse issues. In 1997, he pleaded guilty to 54 counts of distributing child pornography of children under 16 and making it available on the internet. He served four months in prison in addition to being placed on a sex offender's list.

After his release from prison, he went to Cambodia where he was deported for alleged sex tourism. In Vietnam, he was convicted of molesting two young girls under the age of 12 and served three years in prison. After his Southeast Asia imprisonment, his music career suffered greatly, but his music continued to play in sports stadiums around the globe.

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Glitter is best known for his sparkly jumpsuits and silver platform boots from the '70s. He had 26 Top 100 hits in Britain between 1972 and 1995. His hits include "Do You Wanna Touch Me" and "Rock and Roll Part 2." The NFL banned playing "Rock and Roll Part 2" from any of its official stadiums in 2006 due to Glitter's pedophilia issues.

He is expected to appear in court in London on June 19.