Gary Glitter charged with sex offenses involving two young girls

Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gad, was first arrested by British police in October 2012 over allegations of sexual offences.

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Former British pop star Gary Glitter returns home in London, October 28, 2012. Former British pop star Gary Glitter was on Thursday accused of eight sexual offences against two teenage girls dating back to the 1970s, following a 20-month investigation.

British prosecutors say they are charging former pop star Gary Glitter with eight sex offenses involving teenage girls.

The charges against Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, are related to two women who were aged 12 and 14 at the time of the alleged offenses between 1977 and 1980.

The 70-year-old was arrested in October 2012 — the first in a series of arrests under the Operation Yewtree national investigation that was launched in the wake of a child abuse scandal surrounding late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile.

Glitter is best known for the hit "Rock & Roll (Part 2)," but he fell into disgrace after being convicted on child abuse charges in Vietnam.

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

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