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Dad tried to hire prostitute for his son

A MAN who tried to hire a prostitute to take his 14-year-old son's virginity as a present was spared jail by a British court yesterday.

The Polish national took the boy out in his car and allowed him to pick out the prostitute, who was standing at the side of the road in the red-light district of Nottingham.

But the 42-year-old father was arrested because the teenager had chosen an undercover police officer, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was handed a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, after he admitted a charge of trying to solicit a woman to have sex with a child.

The court heard that the father, who came to Britain eight years ago, was arrested in July during an undercover operation by the city's vice squad.

Prosecutor Adrian Harris said the man and his son had approached the undercover officer and beckoned her over. He asked "Sarah" how much it would cost for her to have sex with his son and they agreed to pay 20 British pounds (US$30.50). However, when the car pulled over, the man was arrested by plainclothes police officers.

Judge Jonathan Teare said he would spare the father jail because of his good character and he believed he did not mean any harm to his son.


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