Glitter’s Reluctant Return

Gary Glitter arrived back in the U.K. August 22 after spending a couple of days trying to gain entry to Thailand and Hong Kong.

He bounced between the two after being thrown out of Vietnam, where he completed a 27-month sentence on charges of child molestation. Both refused to grant him entry.

He was originally expected to fly to London via Bangkok, but refused to get on the connecting flight because he said he was ill.

When refused permission to enter Thailand, he decided to try his luck in Hong Kong, where he was turned around and sent back to Bangkok.

This time he reluctantly agreed to return to the U.K. At London’s Heathrow Airport he was met by police who were waiting for his 10-hour overnight flight from the Thai capital.

Within three days, Glitter – real name Paul Francis Gadd – must register his address, even if it’s only temporary accommodation in a hotel, and sign the sexual offenders’ register.

As long as he remains in the U.K. he’ll be closely monitored by a multi-agency protection panel and will need to report to the police on a regular basis.

Technically, he could still face charges under the section of the 2003 Sex Offenses Act that refers to “sex tourism abroad.”

In 1999 the former hit-making glam-rocker was convicted of pedophile offenses in Britain. He served two months in jail after admitting to 54 charges related to possessing 4,000 child pornography images on his computer.