Pedo rockstar Gary Glitter hauled back to UK prison after early release

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Notorious pedophile and British glam rock star Gary Glitter was recalled to a U.K. prison after violating the terms of his release, the country’s Probation Service announced Monday.

Glitter, 78, was released in early February after serving eight years of a 16-year sentence for sex assault crimes against three girls in the 1970s.

But after just over one month of freedom, the artist, whose legal name is Paul Gadd, violated his parole terms and was sent back behind bars, BBC News reported.

Glitter’s exact violation was not publicized. A Probation Service spokesperson simply told the BBC that protecting the public was the organization’s “number-one priority.”

“That’s why we set tough license conditions and when offenders breach them, we don’t hesitate to return them to custody,” the spokesperson said.

Glitter remains best known in the U.S. for the common stadium anthem “Rock and Roll (Part 2).” In the U.K., that song was one of nine straight Glitter singles to reach the top five on the country’s pop 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 years old at the time.

In 2015, Glitter was convicted in the U.K. on one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of having sex with a girl under 13. The criminal charges were connected to three victims, who were 10, 12 and 13 years old when they were attacked.