Former UK pop star Gary Glitter charged with child sex offences

LONDON (REUTERS) - Former British pop star Gary Glitter was on Thursday accused of eight sexual offences against two teenage girls dating back to the 1970s following a 20-month investigation.

The singer, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was first arrested by British police in October 2012 over allegations of sexual offences and evidence gathered by the police has since been handed over to prosecutors.

Gadd, 70, popular as a glam-rock singer in the 1970s, will appear in court on June 19 charged with eight sexual offences between 1977 and 1980 against two girls who were aged 12 and 14 at the time. "Having completed our review, we have concluded ... that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Gadd to be charged with eight offences," Chief Crown Prosecutor Baljit Ubhey said in a statement.

The prosecutor said no further action would be taken in relation to five allegations made by two further complainants as there was insufficient evidence.

Glitter shot to fame in the early 1970s with the hit "Rock and Roll", trademark figure-hugging shiny silver all-in-one suits, platform shoes and large black hair.

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