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Gary Glitter Back on the Streets

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Gary Glitter is Britain's problem now.

The disgraced glam rocker was released today from a Vietnam prison and immediately  deported after serving nearly three years on a child-molestation rap.

According to the Guardian, Vietnamese authorities escorted the 63-year-old entertainer, born Paul Francis Gadd, from Thu Duc prison to Ho Chi Minh City airport, gave him a passport, and stuck him on the first flight back to his native Great Britain.

Officials declined to seat him in business class, despite his lawyer trying to buy an upgraded seat. Instead, "Do You Wanna Touch Me?" singer was forced to ride with the rest of the herd in economy.

Glitter was busted in 2005 as he tried to flee Vietnam amid allegations of child abuse. He was convicted the following year of performing obscene acts on two preteen Vietnamese girls.

He was sentenced to three years but eventually had his term reduced by three months on appeal.

Glitter was supposed to fly out on Qatar Airways with a stopover in Doha, but the airline banned him. His attorney then arranged for Thai Airlines to take him through Bangkok back to London. To ensure no unauthorized layovers, Thai immigration police are expected to meet the plane at the airport.

"We are aware of his passport number and will happily assist Mr. Gadd to the intended destination in case he has second thoughts about stopping off here," Sudarat Sereewat, a member of the Thai National Human Rights Committee, told the Guardian.

Glitter is due to arrive at London Heathrow around 1 a.m. Wednesday. The welcome wagon, in the form of British police, will then take the singer into custody and force him to register as a sex offender.

He will submit to monitoring and must inform U.K. authorities of any travel plans. Should Glitter leave the country without informing police, he could face five years in the clink.

Glitter may also be slapped with a court order barring him from going near children and restricting his Internet use.

Unfortunately for discerning music fans, one place Glitter will be permitted to go is back to the recording studio. He told a Vietnamese newspaper recently that he intends to resume work on a new album.

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