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Sexual predator, 72, jailed for eliciting lewd sex acts from vulnerable Rochdale teenager as room ‘rent’

By Helen Le Caplain

A 72-year-old man who repeatedly abused a teenage girl in Rochdale was jailed for four years today.

John Tatton, of Mynors Street, Hanley, Stoke On Trent, but formerly of Duke Street, Rochdale, was convicted of a number of sexual offences following a five day trial at Bolton Crown Court.

He was convicted of five offences of sexual activity with a child and one offence of sexual assault.

In addition to his sentence he was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

The victim, who was 15-years-old at the time, was going through difficult times at home and started to form friendships with other teenage girls who had ‘chaotic’ lifestyles involving alcohol, drugs and eventual sexual exploitation.

She moved into a house in Heywood where she lived with a number of these girls.

Tatton, who owned the house, told the victim she couldn’t live there rent free and had to pay for her stay with sexual favours.

She was reluctant but then coerced into it, and was sexually abused by Tatton repeatedly over the course of six months.

Around this time the victim was also being abused by a group of men who were eventually convicted and sentenced to a total of 77 years as part of GMP’s Operation Span investigation into child sex absuse in Rochdale.

Detective Constable 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.”

Anyone who is concerned about a child or young person should call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in emergencies.

You can also call the NSPCC on 0800 800 5000.

Any child or young person wanting help and advice can use the numbers above or contact Childline on 0800 1111.

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