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Ex-rocker charged over obscene acts with young girls

AP , HANOI

Former British rocker Gary Glitter was formally charged yesterday with committing obscene acts with two girls aged 10 and 11 at a resort town on the coast of southern Vietnam, a prosecutor said.

Glitter, 61, who won fame as a flamboyant glam rocker in the 1970s, is accused of kissing and fondling the girls and engaging in other physical acts at his rental home in Vung Tau, prosecutor Nguyen Van Xung said.

The charges carry prison terms of three to seven years, said Xung, who is deputy chief prosecutor in southern Ba Ria Vung Tau province.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, originally faced possible child rape charges carrying the death penalty, but prosecutors did not find enough evidence for those charges, Xung said.

He has been detained at a jail near Vung Tau since Nov. 19 after he was seized trying to board a flight out of the country.

Glitter's Vietnamese attorney Le Thanh Kinh has said he would request that authorities release Glitter on a US$40,000 bail.

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