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    British rocker arrested in sex abuse inquiry

    LONDON — Police investigating child sex abuse allegations against the late BBC television host Jimmy Savile arrested former glam rock star and convicted sex offender Gary Glitter on Sunday, British media reported, raising further questions about whether Savile was at the center of a broader pedophile ring.

    Police would not directly identify the suspect arrested Sunday, but media including the BBC and Press Association reported he was the 68-year-old Glitter.

    The musician, whose real name is Paul Gadd, made it big with the crowd-pleasing hit ‘‘Rock & Roll (Part 2),’’ a mostly instrumental anthem that has been a staple at American sporting events. But he fell into disgrace after being convicted on child abuse charges in Vietnam.


    Sunday’s arrest was the first in a widening scandal over Savile’s alleged sex crimes, which started garnering attention this month when a television documentary showed several women alleging that Savile abused them when they were teens.

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    Hundreds of potential victims have since come forward to report similar allegations to police against Savile, a much-loved children’s TV presenter and disc jockey who died last year at the age of 84.

    Most have alleged abuse by Savile, but some said they were abused by Savile and others. Most say they were assaulted in their early teens.

    The scandal has raised questions about whether the BBC, the publicly funded and trusted broadcaster, had ignored crimes it suspected over several decades. Its executives have apologized and vowed to uncover the true scale of the alleged abuse.

    ‘‘The BBC’s reputation is on the line,’’ Chris Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust, wrote in The Mail on Sunday newspaper. ‘‘The BBC risks squandering public trust because one of its stars over three decades was apparently a sexual criminal . . . and because others — BBC employees and hangers-on — may also have been involved.’’


    On Sunday, the BBC and Sky News showed footage of Glitter being taken from his home by officers.

    Associated Press