Landlord John Tatton forced girl to 'pay' for rent in sexual favours

John Tatton
Image caption Tatton was jailed after a five-day trial at Bolton Crown Court

A landlord who forced a teenage girl to "pay" for her rent with sexual favours has been jailed for four years.

John Tatton, 72, 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.

The group of nine men, from Rochdale and Oldham, exploited girls as young as 13 and were given sentences ranging from four to 19 years at Liverpool Crown Court last May.

'Sexual predator'

Tatton, formerly of Rochdale but now of Hanley in Stoke-on-Trent, was jailed after a five-day trial and also 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 a sexual predator who took complete advantage of a vulnerable teenage girl.

"He subjected her to a campaign of abuse over a six-month period, during which she was forced to submit to him to 'pay' for her rent.

"Tatton is clearly a danger to young people and I hope today's sentence provides a level of reassurance to his victim."

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