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Esther Zuckerman
February 27, 2015 AT 05:33 PM EST

“Rock & Roll (Part 2)” singer Gary Glitter has been handed a 16-year jail sentence, the BBC reported

Glitter was convicted earlier this month of 1970s crimes, which include attempted rape, sex with a girl younger than 13, and multiple counts of indecent assault. According to the BBC, the judge, Alistair McCreath, told Glitter, whose name is Paul Gadd, at the sentencing that his victims were “all profoundly affected,” saying: “You did all of them real and lasting damage and you did so for no other reason than to obtain sexual gratification for yourself of a wholly improper kind.” 

According to the BBC, McCreath acknowledged that he couldn’t sentence Glitter for a longer period of time because of when the crimes took place, saying, “the offenses for which I must pass sentence today took place many years ago at a time when in particular, in respect of one of them, the maximum sentence was considerably lower than that which is now available.” 

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