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Disgraced pop star Gary Glitter has been freed from prison after serving half of his 16-year sentence for sex crimes.
The paedophile glam rock singer – who had a string of chart hits in the 1970s – was jailed in 2015 for sexually abusing three schoolgirls.
The 79-year-old left HMP The Verne – a low security category C jail in Portland, Dorset – on Friday after eight years behind bars.
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He was freed automatically half-way through a fixed-term determinate sentence. The sex offender will now be subject to licence conditions. Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was at the height of his fame when he preyed on his vulnerable victims who thought no-one would believe their claims over that of a celebrity.
He attacked two girls, aged 12 and 13, after inviting them backstage to his dressing room, and isolating them from their mothers. His third victim was less than 10 years old when he crept into her bed and tried to rape her in 1975.
The allegations only came to light nearly 40 years later when Glitter became the first person to be arrested under Operation Yewtree – the investigation launched by the Metropolitan Police in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Sentencing the singer, Judge Alistair McCreath said all the victims were "profoundly affected" by the abuse. He said it was "difficult to overstate the gravity of this dreadful behaviour" when referring to the assault on one victim, telling Glitter he was able to attack another "only" because of his fame.
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The court heard there was no evidence Glitter had atoned for his actions after he was found guilty of one count of attempted rape, one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, and four counts of indecent assault.
He later lost a Court of Appeal challenge against his conviction.
Glitter found fame in the 1970s as part of the glam rock boom, scoring massive international hits with I’m The Leader Of The Gang (I Am), I Love You Love Me Love and Hello Hello, I'm Back Again..
His fall from grace began in the late 1990s after he admitted possessing 4,000 child pornography images and was jailed for four months
In 2002, he was expelled from Cambodia amid reports of sex crime allegations, and in March 2006 he was convicted of sexually abusing two girls, aged 10 and 11, in Vietnam and spent two-and-a-half years in jail.
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He has reportedly been writing songs in prison, and it's thought he could record and even tour again.
The co-creator of over a dozen chart hits and close to £20million in record sales is reportedly sitting on a vast, dormant fortune.
Though no property, bank accounts, pensions, royalties nor streaming income appear to be registered in his name, rendering him technically destitute, he is rumoured to have considerable wealth.
Among a raft of restrictions the convicted paedophile, 78, will face, are regular lie detector tests to prove he is not reoffending.
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