Pop star Glitter convicted of child sex abuse

Child Sexual Predator
Paul Gadd – Pop Star Gary Glitter

Glitter, 70, to be sentenced Feb. 27
LONDON (CNN) – British former pop star Gary Glitter has been found guilty of child sex abuse for crimes he committed more than three decades ago.

The 70-year-old Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted Thursday of one count of attempted rape of a girl under the age of 13, one count of having sex with a girl under the age of 13, and four counts of indecent assault against girls, two aged under 13 and two aged under 16.

The six offenses were committed against three victims between 1975 and 1980. Glitter is due to be sentenced on February 27.

Glitter was known as a “glam rocker” in the 1970s for his flamboyant clothes and performing style. He sold 18 million records with hits like “I’m the Leader of the Gang,” “I Love You Love Me Love” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Orchard of London’s Metropolitan Police praised the courage of the victims in coming forward to police, years after the crimes were committed, in a statement after the verdict. Paul Gadd has shown himself to be an habitual sexual predator, who took advantage of the star status afforded to him by targeting young girls who trusted him and were in awe of his fame,” Orchard said.

“His lack of remorse and defense that the victims were lying make his crimes all the more indefensible. I am pleased the jury was able to see through this.”

Glitter has been prosecuted previously on sex charges.

In 1999, he admitted possessing child pornography and was jailed for four months. While living in Vietnam, he was convicted of sex offenses against young girls and jailed for nearly three years before being deported to England.

Glitter is the latest celebrity to be accused or convicted of historic sex offenses. Radio and television star Jimmy Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, was revealed after his death to have been one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders. British police say more than 200 victims — aged between five and 75 — have been identified. Last year celebrity publicist Max Clifford was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for assaults on girls, while Australian entertainer Rolf Harris was jailed for five years for indecent assaults against four girls.

Father charged after 5-month-old dies from injuries

Father abused child
Edwin Alexander Andrade-Ramos

Arlington, Texas – A father is accused of injuring his daughter so severely that the 5-month-old later died.

Edwin Alexander Andrade-Ramos, 27, was arrested by Arlington police on Wednesday and faces a charge of injury to a child/serious bodily injury.

Police said the child suffered multiple fractures on her body and a serious head injury.

The child’s mom said when she arrived home from work on Jan. 28, she noticed her daughter, Marjorie Ramos-Pena, wasn’t eating and was acting differently. The child eventually became unconscious and was rushed via ambulance to a local hospital.

The baby was treated, but died from the injuries Wednesday – the same day Arlington police arrested Andrade-Ramos for an August assault on the baby’s mother, who is his common-law wife.

He later earned the charge of serious bodily injury to a child.

The mother works overnights at a nearby Wal-Mart and would often leave Marjorie and her two other children in the care of Andrade-Ramos. The same was true on Jan. 28.

Andrade-Ramos remains in custody at the Arlington City Jail.

Roscoe TX Man Attempts To Have Sex With A Minor

Child Sexual Predator
Jackie Alvarez

A Roscoe Texas man was indicted after court documents say he traveled to Abilene to have sex with who he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

Jackie Alvarez was actually talking to members of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department when he contacted the 13-year-old via social media.

When he showed up, the Sheriff’s Department was there to arrest him.

Alvarez was indicted on a charge of online solicitation of a minor.

Georgia Man Shoots 6

Police photo of crime scene
Gunman kills 5 in Georgia

5 dead, including gunman, in Georgia shooting

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. – A quiet, suburban neighborhood outside Atlanta was left reeling after a man shot six people — killing four of them, including his ex-wife and several children — before ending the rampage by fatally turning the gun on himself, police said.

The shooting happened Saturday around 3 p.m. in a subdivision about 20 miles west of Atlanta, Douglas County Sheriff’s Lt. Glenn Daniel said.

Horrified neighbors called 911 and then tried to help the severely injured victims as best they could before rescuers arrived.

The shooter, whose name was not immediately released, appeared to have targeted his ex-wife and her household, shooting victims inside and outside the house, Daniel said. Several children were gunned down as they fled on a street, neighbors said.

Authorities did not release the names of the victims because they were still trying Saturday to contact the next of kin. Investigators believe the gunman killed himself at the end of the shooting spree.

Police were still trying to determine the shooter’s motive and piece together what happened.

“I’ve been in law enforcement out here 20 years and this is the worst I’ve ever seen,” Daniel said. He did not know when the couple divorced or if they had prior contact with police.

Teresa Carter, 59, said she heard the gunfire from inside her home but did not see what happened. Carter said she often saw the children playing in the driveway and around the neighborhood. They enjoyed petting her dog.  “I heard shots, and I heard the girl scream,” Carter said. “And then I heard four more shots.”

Brandon Hallman was working on a car a few houses down when the shooting started.  “I heard a couple quick shots, you know, back to back to back. Went out there and, you know, looked and it was already over,” Hallman said. “We just grabbed some towels and kind of went down there to try and help before the paramedics got here.”

Another neighbor, Angela Ansah, struggled to explain to her own children what happened to their slain friends a few houses down. Ansah said some of the children targeted Saturday often came over to her house to play with her own children.

“These are children I see every day, every blessed day,” Ansah said.