The 39 year old will spend 9 years in prison, followed by a further 8 years being monitored on licence.
A man from Bradford, who's a former semi-finalist on the X Factor, has been jailed after he pleaded guilty to sexual offences against children.
Daniel Ross Tetley was sentenced to nine years in prison at Bradford Crown Court today, after he admitted to charges relating to child sexual exploitation and the distribution of indecent images.
This was part of an extended sentence of 17 years, meaning that the 39-year-old will be monitored on licence for a further eight years after his release.
The case against Tetley began in May last year when police received a report of indecent images which had been found on a teenager’s mobile phone in a social media conversation between him and the boy.
Detectives from Bradford District’s Abusive Images Team (known as the Police Online Investigation Team) took up the investigation and Tetley was arrested the following day from an address in the Leeds area. His phone and laptop were also seized for further enquiries.
In interview Tetley claimed he could not recall the conversation or asking the boy for indecent images. He also said his social media account had been hacked when he appeared on television.
Further victims were identified as the investigation progressed and Tetley was charged in August with offences relating to sexual communication with children, as well as making and distributing indecent images of children and perverting the course of justice.
While on remand he was served with further charges of causing the sexual exploitation of a child. These charges related to five further victims who had been identified through the Police Online Investigation Team’s enquiries, where another device he had been using to communicate with children was discovered.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Ian Cottrell, said:
“I would like to thank the victims for engaging with our officers to report Tetley’s crimes and I hope this outcome will give them some comfort.
“Tetley claimed he had been set up and that people were out to get him because he was famous, but our investigation was able to prove that he was actively grooming children through social media.
“West Yorkshire Police and partner agencies are committed to tackling the sexual exploitation and abuse of children.
“We hope this result will encourage other victims to come forward and engage with our specially trained officers in the knowledge that they will be supported and their reports will be investigated to bring perpetrators to justice.”
An NSPCC spokesman said:
“Tetley’s use of his TV appearances and promises of money in the thousands of messages he sent these boys, are an example of the depraved lengths that predators will go to in their pursuit of victims.
“This kind of abuse can have a profound and long-lasting impact, and this case underlines why it is so vital that social media companies are forced to make safeguarding our children their top priority. We continue to call on the Government to introduce new legislation that enforces a formal Duty of Care to keep young people safe online.
“As part of the NSPCC’s Wild West Web campaign, we are calling on people to email their MP urging them to back a new Bill that paves the way for a proper independent watchdog to regulate online harms against children.”
The charity say children can contact Childline 24/7 on 0800 1111. Adults concerned about the wellbeing of a child can phone the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 8005000.