October 28, 2012 - 17:54 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The sex abuse scandal surrounding the late BBC children's television host Jimmy Savile widened on Sunday, October 28 as police arrested former glam rock star and convicted sex offender Gary Glitter in connection with the case, British media said, according to AP.
Police would not directly identify the suspect arrested Sunday, but media including the BBC and Press Association reported he was the 68-year-old Glitter. The musician made it big with the crowd-pleasing hit "Rock & Roll (Part 2)," a mostly instrumental anthem that has been a staple at American sporting events thanks to its catchy "hey" chorus. But he fell into disgrace after being convicted on child abuse charges in Britain and Vietnam.
British police do not generally identify suspects under arrest by name until they are charged. When asked about Glitter, a spokesman said only that the force arrested a man in his 60s early Sunday morning in London on suspicion of sexual offenses in connection with the Savile probe. He remains in custody in a London police station, police said.
Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, is the first suspect to be arrested in the scandal. It was not immediately clear if Glitter and Savile knew each other.
Hundreds of potential victims have come forward since police began their investigation into sex abuse allegations against Savile, the longtime host of popular shows "Top of the Pops" and "Jim'll Fix It" who died at age 84 last year. Most allege abuse by Savile, but some said they were abused by Savile and others.