Former X Factor Contestant Pleads Guilty to Sexually Exploiting Teenage Boys, Will Be Sentenced on Jan 24
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The X Factor 2018 semifinalist has pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting teenaged children. The guilty contestant formally entered a guilty plea at Bradford Crown Court for five charges of causing sexual exploitation of a child, reports metro.co.uk. He was accused of asking five teenage boys -- aged 15 and 16 -- to send him explicit images in return of money. He allegedly sent the messages between October 2018 and August 2019. The X Factor ran from September to December 2018, with Tetley being eliminated in November. Liam Payne Accused of Disrespecting Bisexuality in New Album.

He had also pleaded guilty to four charges involving two 14-year-olds at a previous hearing. Prosecutor Michael Smith said that the Crown would not seek to try him on other allegations to which he has pleaded not guilty, saying: "The investigation is complete and the victims have been identified." The X-Factor star pleaded not guilty to making indecent images of children and perverting the course of justice. His lawyer Andrew Dallas sought that the sentencing be adjourned, so that the defence had adequate time to go through "well over 10,000" text and WhatsApp messages. Roman Polanski Accused of Raping French Actress in 1975.

Some of the indecent pictures showed "images involving penetrative sexual activity, sexual activity with an animal or sadism". Other photographs depicted non-penetrative sexual activity. the proven guilty contestant previously denied all accusations. He will be sentenced on January 24, 2020.