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Gary Glitter molestation trial begins Thursday

Gary Glitter was scheduled to go on trial Thursday on charges he committed obscene acts with two underaged Vietnamese girls.The former British glam rocker has been accused of kissing, fondling and “engaging in other physical acts” with a 10-year-old and 11-year-old at his rental home in the port city of Vung Tau last year.His trial, which will be closed to the public, will be held at the court
/ Source: The Associated Press

Gary Glitter was scheduled to go on trial Thursday on charges he committed obscene acts with two underaged Vietnamese girls.

The former British glam rocker has been accused of kissing, fondling and “engaging in other physical acts” with a 10-year-old and 11-year-old at his rental home in the port city of Vung Tau last year.

His trial, which will be closed to the public, will be held at the courthouse in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province. The verdict will be read publicly Friday.

Glitter, 61, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, faces three to seven years in prison if convicted.

“He says he has not committed any crime,” his lawyer, Le Thanh Kinh, said Wednesday. “I will do my best to defend him,” though he added it will be “very difficult.”

Glitter has said he was teaching the girls English at his home and considered them “like his grandchildren.”

He has been in police custody since Nov. 19, when he was seized in Ho Chi Minh City trying to board a flight out of the country.

Glitter is perhaps best known for his crowd-pleasing rock anthem “Rock and Roll (Part 2),” which is still played at sporting events.

He was convicted in Britain in 1999 of possessing child pornography and served half of a four-month jail term. He later went to Cambodia and in 2002 was expelled from that country, but Cambodian officials did not specify any crime or file charges.