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Gary Glitter Gets Three Years

British rocker to do time in Vietnam for child abuse

March 3, 2006 12:32 PM ET

Former British glam rocker Gary Glitter was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday for molesting two Vietnamese girls, ages 10 and 11, at his rented home in southern Vung Tau last year.

"I haven't done anything," the sixty-one-year-old Glitter (born Paul Francis Gadd) said after the verdict was read. "I'm innocent."

The judge, who condemned the rocker for "disgusting and sick" behavior, said Glitter would be deported to Britain after serving his sentence and must pay $320 to each girl's family in addition to court fees. Glitter was given the minimum sentence, after initially facing up to seven years of prison time, because of the $2000 "compensation" he paid to each girl's family in December.

Glitter, who scored his biggest U.S. hit in 1972 with "Rock & Roll Part 2," was convicted in Britain of possessing child pornography in 1999 and served two months of a four-month jail sentence. He later moved to Cambodia, where he was blacklisted in 2002 for undisclosed reasons.

Glitter has fifteen days to appeal the ruling.

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