Reports: UK rocker Gary Glitter arrested as part of Savile sex-abuse case

Former pop star Gary Glitter returns to his house in central London, Oct. 28 2012. Police investigating child sex-abuse allegations against the late BBC television host Jimmy Savile arrested Glitter on Sunday. AP Photo / Steve Parsons/PA

Police investigating the sex-abuse scandal surrounding late BBC children's television host Jimmy Savile have arrested pop star Gary Glitter in connection with the case, British media said Sunday.

Glitter, 68, a former rock musician and a convicted sex offender, was arrested Sunday morning at his home in London on suspicion of sexual offense, the Metropolitan Police said. Glitter's real name is Paul Gadd.

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.

Glitter, best known for "Rock & Roll (Part 1&2)," was convicted in 2006 in Vietnam of committing "obscene acts with children" -- offenses involving girls aged 10 and 11. He was deported in 2008.

He had a previous conviction in Britain for possessing child pornography.

The scandal has horrified Britain with revelations that Savile cajoled and coerced vulnerable teens into having sex with him in his car, in his camper van, and even in dingy dressing rooms on BBC premises.

Police have said that though the majority of cases related to Savile alone, some involved the entertainer and other, unidentified suspects. In addition, some potential victims who reported abuse by Savile also told police about separate allegations against unidentified men that did not involve the BBC host.

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