Hanley OAP who forced teenage girl to 'pay' for rent with sexual favours is jailed
A LANDLORD who forced a teenage girl to 'pay' for her rent with sexual favours has been jailed for four years.
John Tatton, aged 72, of Mynors Street, Hanley, sexually abused the 15-year-old who lived at the house he owned in Heywood, Greater Manchester, over the course of six months.
At Bolton Crown Court he was convicted of five offences of sexual activity with a child and one of sexual assault.
Police said his victim was also abused by men convicted of running a child sexual exploitation ring in Rochdale.
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Tatton, formerly of Rochdale, was jailed after a five-day trial and ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for life.
Greater Manchester Police said the teenager had become friends with a group of girls who had chaotic lifestyles involving alcohol, drugs and eventual sexual exploitation.
She moved into the house in Heywood with a number of these girls, and that is when Tatton told her she could not live rent-free and must pay for her stay with sexual favours.
Police said she had been reluctant but was coerced by Tatton.
Speaking after the case, Det Con Dave South, of the Sexual Crimes Unit, said: "Tatton is clearly a danger to young people and I hope this sentence provides a level of reassurance to his victim."