Rocker Gary Glitter to Appeal Conviction Thursday

Gary Glitter will go before a court Thursday to appeal his conviction and three-year prison sentence for child molestation.

The 62-year-old former British glam rocker was found guilty March 3 for committing obscene acts with girls ages 10 and 11 at his rented seaside villa in southern Vietnam.

The People's Supreme Court of Appeals will hear the appeal in a closed hearing. The ruling by the three-judge panel will be announced later Thursday.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was accused of kissing, fondling and "engaging in other physical acts" with the girls at his rented villa in the seaside city of Vung Tau, about 78 miles southeast of Ho Chi Minh City.

He has been in police custody in Vung Tau since Nov. 19, when he was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City trying to board a flight to Bangkok, Thailand.

Glitter, who has maintained his innocence, was convicted in Britain in 1999 for possessing child pornography. He served half of a four-month jail term.

"Every time I meet with him, he says he's innocent," his attorney, Le Thanh Kinh, told The Associated Press. Kinh has met with Glitter a few times per month since March. Their last meeting was Tuesday.

Kinh said Wednesday that Glitter is "feeling good," has been exercising regularly while in detention and reading.