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03-03-2006, 11:29 AM
VUNG TAU, Vietnam (AP) -- Former rocker Gary Glitter has been found guilty of obscene acts with two Vietnamese girls, and sentenced to three years in prison.

Glitter, best-known for the anthemic "Rock & Roll, Part 2" song played at sports arenas worldwide, shouted "I'm innocent" after the verdict.

Reporters and onlookers allowed into the courthouse in southern Ba Ria-Vung province to hear the verdict following the closed two-day trial, pressed toward Glitter in a scene of pandemonium as police fended them off and escorted him out of the building.

"I haven't done anything. I'm Innocent. It's a conspiracy," Glitter shouted.

Glitter has 15 days to appeal and could become eligible for early parole if he behaves well in prison, officials said, according to Reuters news service.

Glitter, 61, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was convicted of committing obscene acts with a 10-year-old and 11-year-old girl at his rented seaside villa in southern Vung Tau last year.

He was then sentenced to three years in prison, followed by deportation from Vietnam.

The court, in its verdict, cited graphic testimony from the girls that Glitter had fondled and molested them, and took showers with them naked, in his rented home and in nearby hotels.

Glitter has said he was teaching the girls English at his home and considered them "like his grandchildren."

He has been in police custody since November 19, when he was seized in Ho Chi Minh City trying to board a flight out of the country. Police confiscated his laptop, which had hundreds of pornographic pictures on it.

During the criminal investigation, police considered charging Glitter with child rape, which carries a maximum penalty of death, but said they did not find enough evidence.

The girls' families wrote to the court in December, asking that charges be dropped after Glitter paid $2,000 to each of them.

Although prosecutors decided to move forward with the case anyway, under Vietnam's legal system, the payments are considered "compensation" that counts towards lessening any sentence.

The sleepy resort town of Vung Tau, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, has drawn intense attention from international media.

Glitter's fall from grace began with a 1999 conviction in Britain for possessing child pornography. He served two months in jail.

He later went to Cambodia but was expelled in 2002. Officials did not specify why Glitter was deported.