Notorious British pedophile and glam rock star Gary Glitter has been recalled to a UK prison after breaching the terms of his release, the country’s Probation Service announced on Monday.
Glitter, 78, was released in early February after serving eight years of a 16-year sentence for crimes of sexual assault against three girls in the 1970s.
But after little more than a month of freedom, the artist, whose legal name is Paul Gadd, violated his terms of probation and was sent back behind bars, BBC News reported.
Glitter’s exact violation was not made public. A Probation Service spokesman simply told the BBC that protecting the public was the organisation’s “number one priority”.
“That’s why we set strict licensing conditions and when violators break them, we don’t hesitate to return them to custody,” the spokesperson said.
Glitter remains best known in the US for the common stadium anthem “Rock and Roll (Part 2).” In the UK, that song was one of nine consecutive singles from Glitter to reach the top five on the UK charts.
His downfall began in 1999, when he was sentenced to four months in a British prison for downloading child pornography. After serving that sentence, he left the country and spent time in Spain, Cuba, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Vietnamese authorities eventually deported Glitter after he served a nearly three-year sentence for sexually abusing two girls who were 11 and 12 at the time.
In 2015, Glitter was convicted in the UK on one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of having sex with a girl under the age of 13. The criminal charges related to three victims, who were ages 10, 12 and 13. old when they were attacked.