Gary Glitter Arrested

Former British glam rocker faces sexual-abuse charges

November 21, 2005 4:56 PM ET

Authorities in Vietnam arrested former British glam rocker Gary Glitter on Saturday, following allegations concerning his relationship with a Vietnamese fifteen-year-old girl.

Glitter (born Paul Francis Gadd), 61, was stopped by officers while checking his passport as he was preparing to fly from Bangkock from Ho Chi Minh city. The rocker was turned over to the Ba Ria-Vung Tau provincial police and returned to Vung Tau, where Glitter has been living since March, and detained for further investigation. No other details were released.

Glitter had applied for permanent Vietnam residence before fleeing his home on November 12th. Police allege the rocker was involved with two girls under the age of eighteen and have conducted several interviews with one girl to clarify her relationship with Glitter.

"If evidence of a [legal] violation is found against Mr. Paul Francis, and especially evidence of sexual child abuse, I believe that very strict legal measures will apply to him," Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Dung told the Associated Press.

Glitter, who scored his biggest U.S. hit in 1972 with "Rock and Roll Part 2," was convicted in Britain of possessing child pornography in 1999 and served two months of a four-month sentence in jail. He later moved to Cambodia, where he was blacklisted in 2002, though Cambodian officials did not specify the charges.

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