On this day in 2000, British glam rocker Gary Glitter revisited England for business while awaiting trial on child pornography charges. He was harassed by a large crowd waiting outside his West London home, causing the police to investigate.
In November 1997, Glitter was arrested after pornographic images of children were discovered on the hard drive of a laptop Glitter had taken in for repair. As a result, the police were notified and he was instantly admonished in the media around the world.
In 1999, Glitter faced four months in prison and was finally listed as a sex offender in the U.K. following his conviction for downloading thousands of items of child pornography.
Glitter was then faced with a new charge for having sex with an underage girl named Alison Brown, 20 years earlier when she was 14 years old.
Following the rejection by the British public and facing scrutiny from the press following his arrest and conviction, Glitter made a quick exit on his yacht to Spain. Upon being discovered there, he set sail again, ultimately travelling to Gibraltar, Cuba, Mexico, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Colombia, Portugal, Brazil, Venezuela, and Thailand, before settling in Cambodia.
Glitter lived in Cambodia until 2002, when he was permanently deported to Vietnam after allegations of child abuse were made against him.
In 2006, he was again convicted of committing obscene acts with minors and sentenced to three years imprisonment. He was released from prison on August 19, 2008, and returned to London three days later, after being refused entry into Thailand and Hong Kong.
In the U.K., Glitter was added to the Sex Offenders Register list for life upon his return. British Home Security said Glitter should be given a Foreign Travel Order (FTO) banning him from overseas travel: “We need to control him, and he will be [controlled] once he returns to this country.”
Glitter was arrested again on October 28, 2012. Glitter was charged with eight counts of committing sexual offences against two girls aged 12 and 14.
Glitter claimed he was innocent and blamed the British press for “planting false stories”.