The onetime glam rock icon Gary Glitter may well spend the rest of his life behind bars, and yet it’s impossible to feel sorry for him. Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was found guilty of a number of sex crimes earlier this month. A British court found him guilty of having sex with a girl under the age of 13, attempted rape, and four counts of indecent assault. Gadd, the court found, committed these crimes between 1975 and 1980, but he’s been in trouble many times since then for sex offenses, even doing time in a Vietnamese prison. And the BBC reports that the British judge Alistair McCreath sentenced the 70-year-old Gadd to 16 years in prison today.
In his sentencing, McCreath said that Gadd had showed “no real evidence” of remorse for his crimes and that his victims “were all profoundly affected.” Under the laws of the time he committed the offense, Gadd was given the maximum sentence allowed, and McCreath indicated that he would’ve preferred to send Gadd away for life. According to the BBC, Gadd “showed no emotion” as he left the court.