POP paedo Gary Glitter will be released from jail within weeks after serving half his 16-year term.
The glam rock star, 78 — caged in 2015 for sex offences on three girls aged eight to 13 — will be tagged.
4Gary Glitter is set to be released from jail in the UK in a matter of weeksCredit: EPA4Depraved sex fiend Glitter was a successful pop star in the 1970sCredit: Anwar HusseinHe still has millions in the bank and could live in his London apartment.
Because he was sentenced to a determinate term — a fixed period that cannot be reviewed — his case will not have to go before the Parole Board.
Parole chiefs can block a prisoner’s release if they believe they still pose a risk to the public.
But sources say that despite his appalling crimes, Glitter has been a model prisoner and will be freed as early as February.
Ministry of Justice sources last night confirmed he would be released early next year.
A source told The Sun: “Glitter has kept his nose clean in prison and toed the line and now his sentence is almost over.
“The nature of his determinate sentence means the case won’t go to the Parole Board.
“It simply means that as soon as his sentence is over, he is free to walk out of the prison gates.”
The Parole Board confirmed that it would not be considering his case. Glitter will, however, have to wear a tag on release.
He still owns a flat in London and could base himself there.
Last year we revealed how the star, born Paul Gadd, was being prepared for open prison having spent most of his term at HMP The Verne in Portland, Dorset.
We spoke to one of his victims, Diem, whom he abused in Vietnam in 2006 when she was ten.
She said: “He will always be a terrible danger to young girls. It’s terrifying to think he might soon be free, even though he is on the other side of the world from me.”
In February 2015, Glitter was sentenced at Southwark crown court for “depraved and dreadful crimes” against fans.
The offences, from 1975 to 1980, included sex with a girl under 13, attempting to rape an eight-year-old, and repeatedly molesting a third girl.
Judge Alistair McCreath said he wished he could have jailed the pervert for longer but was constrained by sentencing guidelines for offences in the 1970s.
In 2006, Glitter was jailed for three years in Vietnam for attacks there. He was released in 2008.
In 1999, he was jailed for four months for possessing 4,000 indecent images of children.
The Ministry of Justice told The Sun: “Sex offenders released from prison are closely monitored by the police and Probation Service and may be recalled to jail if they breach strict licence conditions.”
Timeline of perv
1944: Born Paul Gadd in Banbury, Oxfordshire.
1972: First single Rock and Roll (parts 1 and 2), hit No 2 in the UK and No 1 in the US.
1973: Two No 1s, I’m The Leader of The Gang (I Am) and I Love You Love Me.
1980s and ’90s: Divorced, bankrupt and alcohol abuse.
1997: Caught with 4,000 child abuse images.
1999: Jailed for four months for child abuse images.
2006: Jailed in Vietnam for molesting two girls, 11 and 12. Freed in 2008.
2015: Glitter jailed in the UK for 16 years for sexually abusing three girls between 1975 and 1980.
4Glitter is currently jailed at HMP The Verne, DorsetCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd4The disgraced singer was previously jailed in Vietnam for sex offencesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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