A landlord who forced a
teenage girl to “pay” for
her rent with sexual favours
has been jailed for four
John Tatton, 72, sexually
abused the 15-year-old who
lived at the house he owned in
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.
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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