Bradfordian X Factor semi finalist jailed for nine years for child sex offences

A Bradford man who reached the semi-finals of the TV music competition the X Factor has been sentenced to nine years in prison for child sex offences.

Danny Tetley, of St Enoch's Road, Wibsey, Bradford, induced five teenage boys aged 15 and 16 to send him indecent images.

The 39-year-old formally entered his guilty pleas to five charges of causing sexual exploitation of a child at a hearing at Bradford Crown Court in December.

Appearing at court earlier today, it was heard that Tetley coerced underage boys into sending explicit pictures of themselves in exchange for money.

Throughout the period of offending, it was heard at an earlier court appearance that Tetley sent in excess of 10,000 messages to the teenagers, although he expressed that he thought the age of consent for sending such chats was 16.

Addressing Tetley at the sentencing, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall said: “Many will see you for what you are, a despicable creature. “

In sentencing, Tetley was jailed for nine years, with the remainder of a 17-year sentence to be served on licence.

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