AceShowbiz - Danny Tetley, a finalist on the 2018 season of "The X Factor U.K.", has been jailed for nine years after admitting five counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
The singer, 39, finished in sixth place on the TV talent contest, where he was mentored by Robbie Williams' wife Ayda Field, but was arrested last summer 2019 after police officers found he had sent more than 10,000 WhatsApp messages to teenage boys begging for indecent images.
At the time, Tetley told the press, "Someone is trying to set me up," but he later pleaded guilty to paying five teenage boys aged 15 to 16 for their explicit snaps, and sending thousands of messages between October 2018 and August 2019 - including while he was appearing on the show.
Tetley, who has been held in custody since his guilty plea last month, was found to have offered his victims money and used his celebrity status in an attempt to persuade them to send him indecent images of themselves.
The disgraced reality star was handed a 17-year extended sentence at a hearing at Bradford Crown Court in England on Friday, January 24, 2020, as in addition to being jailed for nine years he must also be closely monitored on licence for a further eight after release, and will be made the subject of a 20-year sexual harm prevention order.
The shamed singer has long sought a career in the limelight, having previously auditioned for Simon Cowell's show "Pop Idol" when he was just 20 years old. He later attempted to land a spot on similar star search, "Popstars: The Rivals", but once again failed to impress the judges.