Appeals Court Upholds Glitter Conviction
Disgraced British rocker Gary Glitter protested his innocence today (June 15) after an appeals court in Vietnam upheld his conviction and three-year prison sentence for molesting young girls at a seasDisgraced British rocker Gary Glitter protested his innocence today (June 15) after an appeals court in Vietnam upheld his conviction and three-year prison sentence for molesting young girls at a seaside villa.
"There was no defense allowed!" Glitter screamed to reporters as he left the courthouse. "I didn't do anything!" He yelled an obscenity at journalists before he was put in a military green police truck and driven away.
The 62-year-old singer, famed in the 1970s as an outrageous act decked out in bouffant wigs and sequin jumpsuits, had been found guilty by a court on March 3 for committing obscene acts with girls ages 10 and 11.
Standing before the judge today at the People's Supreme Court of Appeals, Glitter clasped his hands behind him and shook his head several times as he listened to a court translator during the 40-minute verdict.
The court "rejects the appeal of the accused and sentences him to 3 years in prison for obscene acts with children," said Truong Vinh Thuy, one of three judges hearing Glitter's appeal.
Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was accused of kissing, fondling, and "engaging in other physical acts" with the girls at his rented villa in the seaside city of Vung Tau, about 80 miles southeast of Ho Chi Minh City.
He has maintained his innocence, saying he was teaching the girls English at his home and considered them "like his grandchildren." He has admitted to police that the 11-year-old girl slept in his room because she was afraid of ghosts, but denied committing any lewd acts, his attorney Le Thanh Kinh said.
"This case sends a strong message to child sex offenders around the world that society will not tolerate ay form of sexual violence and exploitation of children," said Carmen Madrinan, executive director of the Bangkok-based child protection group ECPAT International.
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