Former X Factor contestant Danny Tetley jailed over sex offences

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From Digital Spy

Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct allegations that some readers may find upsetting.

Former X Factor semi-finalist Danny Tetley has been sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty of child sexual exploitation.

Tetley, who appeared in the 2018 series and also auditioned for Pop Idol and Popstars: The Rivals, had been in custody since December after admitting to five counts of causing sexual exploitation of a child.

The singer and former Benidorm star was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court today (January 24), where the judge also made Tetley the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 20 years.

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Tetley was described by the judge as a "highly predatory and manipulative individual" (via The Mirror).

News of the former X Factor contestant's arrest first broke in August last year, but the 39-year-old denied the allegations against him.

"Someone is trying to set me up," he insisted.

"This kind of thing has gone on for ages because people don't like to see me do well," Tetley told reporters at the time. "I've never handled the fame very well. I haven't worked this hard just for me to be slaughtered."

Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 (www.nspcc.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline on (1-800-422-4453) or the American SPCC (www.americanspcc.org).

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