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Disgraced pop star Gary Glitter’s recent bid for parole and release from jail has been unsuccessful, as confirmed by the Parole Board. The 79-year-old, whose real name is Paul Gadd, reportedly appeared before the parole board in a closed-door session approximately two weeks ago.

Glitter is serving a 16-year prison sentence since 2015 for the se*xual abuse of three schoolgirls between 1975 and 1980. The parole panel, after thorough consideration of the circumstances surrounding Glitter’s offenses, the lack of progress during his time in custody and on the license, along with other evidence presented during the hearing, expressed their dissatisfaction with releasing him at this point.

They cited concerns about the safety of the public, deeming that Glitter is more appropriately held in custody to address outstanding levels of risk. Glitter had been released from HMP The Verne, a low-security prison in Portland, Dorset, in February of the previous year, serving half of his 16-year fixed-term determinate sentence, reported by Daily Mail.

However, he returned to prison less than six weeks later for breaching his license conditions, allegedly involving the viewing of downloaded images of children and attempting to access the Dark Web. One of Glitter’s victims, who had been assaulted when she was just 12 after being invited backstage to his dressing room during the peak of his fame in the 1970s, is currently pursuing legal action against him for damages.

Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer representing her, expressed concerns about Glitter’s “continuing lack of remorse” in a letter to the parole panel. Glitter’s criminal history includes a 1999 arrest and conviction for possessing over 4,000 indecent pictures of children. After fleeing the UK, he ended up in Vietnam, where authorities sentenced him in 2006 to three years in prison for committing obscene acts with underage girls.

In 2012, during the se*xual abuse scandal involving the late TV host Jimmy Savile, Glitter was arrested and subsequently convicted on charges of attempted rape, indecent assault, and se*xual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13 between 1977 and 1980. Prosecutors highlighted how Glitter had exploited his fame to assault young fans, including an incident in the mid-1970s where he attempted to force himself on a girl younger than 10 at the time.

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