Gary Glitter was released into hostel with six child sex abusers
Gary Glitter was released into bail hostel with six convicted child sex abusers, ex-Scotland Yard boss reveals as pop peadophile’s phone is examined for Dark Web content after he was recalled to prison for breaching licence conditions
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Paedophile Gary Glitter was released into a bail hostel with six other convicted child sex abusers, it has been revealed after the former pop star was recalled to prison for breaching his licence conditions.
Glitter, 78, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was ordered back to jail yesterday after he was secretly filmed browsing a smart phone and referencing the Dark Web just a month after being released.
His phone is now being examined for Dark Web content by police after the footage emerged.
It has now been revealed by a former senior Met officer that Glitter was staying in a hostel in the south of England with six other child sex abusers who had been released on licence.
Convicted paedophile Gary Glitter was released into a hostel with six other convicted child sex offenders, a former senior Met officer revealed. Pictured: A mugshot of Glitter in Vietnam where spent three years in jail for child abuse
Glitter was secretly filmed inside the hostel using a smartphone and appearing to discuss using the Dark Web
Mike Hames, former head of Scotland Yard’s Paedophile Unit, told Times Radio: ‘He was put into the bail hostel where I think there were 17 men in all, and about six of them were convicted child sex abusers who’ve been released on licence.
‘What that does is to put them in a position where they can talk to each other, talk about what they’ve done in the past, share their fantasies and essentially plot what they’re going to do next.
‘And so that does raise certain concerns. They’re going to talk about the thing that they’re completely obsessed by, and that’s having sex with children.’
Glitter was filmed appearing to discuss how to access the Dark Web with his fellow residents at the hostel, in footage obtained by The Sun.
Pictured wearing a beanie hat and black hoodie, the convicted paedophile stares at a smartphone while speaking to others in the room.
He says: ‘Shall I get rid of this Duck Duck?’
Another man says: ‘Yeah, I wouldn’t bother using that if I were you.’
Glitter adds: ‘So what do I do next, then? Let’s try and find this Onion. One step at a time.’
‘Duck duck’ is understood to refer to DuckDuckGo, a search engine which protects users’ privacy, while an ‘Onion’ is though to be a reference to the Dark Web.
The Dark Web is often used by paedophiles to access child sex material.
The disgraced pop star was jailed in 2015 for sexually assaulting three young girls in the 1970s. He was released on licence last month after serving half of his 16-year sentence
The secret footage of Glitter was sent to the Probation Service, leading to him being sent back to prison.
Police are examining the phone to assess whether the disgraced pop star used the Dark Web after he was released on licence.
A source told The Sun: ‘Glitter is suspected of trying to access prohibited material online.
‘It is thought those attempts were unsuccessful, but that in itself is enough to reach the recall threshold.
‘However, his phone will now be forensically analysed to determine exactly what he might have been searching for.’
A spokesperson for the Probation Service, confirming Glitter’s recall to prison, said: ‘Protecting the public is our priority.
‘That’s why we set tough licence conditions and when offenders breach them, we don’t hesitate to return them to custody.’
In February, Glitter was released from HMP The Verne in Dorset after serving half of his 18-year sentence for abusing three girls in the 1970s.
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