Thomas Watton – Salford,  Manchester 

Paedophile ‘advertised Harry Potter-inspired cupboard for £10 a night on Airbnb’

Thomas Watton was jailed for five years in 2005. 

The Airbnb host who advertised a Harry Potter-inspired cupboard under the stairs for £10 a night is a convicted paedophile, claim reports.

The listing, which promoted the space as ‘very cosy’ and ‘great for solo adventurers’, has already been removed and was being investigated by Airbnb after it was widely publicised yesterday.

But it emerged last night that the innocent advert was written by a convicted paedophile who is on the Sex Offender’s Register.

According to the MailOnline, Thomas Watton, a former X Factor contestant, was jailed for five years in 2013 after pleading guilty to multiple counts of inciting children to have intercourse.

Grimsby Crown Court heard at the time how he used his fame to commit sexual offences against eight boys who were 12, 13, 14 and 15 at the time.

Paedophile ‘advertised Harry Potter-inspired cupboard for £10 a night on Airbnb’

In total, Watton admitted 12 offences, including four of sexual activity with a child, two of possessing indecent photographs of a child and six of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He is now reported to be living in Salford, Manchester, where the room was advertised, under a new identity.

One woman from his home town of Grimsby, who wished to remain unnamed, told the MailOnline: ‘The thought of young teenagers staying there turns my stomach, we all knew he had disappeared from Grimsby and no one had heard from him since.

‘To find out he has now been trying to get teenagers to stay at his house is sickening. This is worrying me sick.

‘He was always different and was friends with my daughter when they were at school but to find this out is appalling.’

A spokesman for Airbnb say they had removed Watton as a host while they investigate.

Metro.co.uk has approached Airbnb for further comment,.
Watton’s response. 

Watton told the Mail Online: 

‘I moved into the property in April and have not had any guests stay through Airbnb.

‘The cupboard was posted as a small joke in jest with my current housemate the night before as we laughed at how clean and nice the space was under our stairs.

‘The space was advertised for Solo Adventures (1 Person) and as statement on Airbnb terms and conditions:

‘In order to use the Airbnb site and services, you must be 18 years or older. It’s against our Terms of Service to create an account to travel or host unless you’re at least 18 years old.

‘Therefore, I would not be able to have anyone under the age of 18 staying at the property anyhow even if it was intended so (which again would have been against my prevention order).

‘My settings also included it was not suitable for families and children. There is an extra safeguard for those under 12 too which was included.

‘In relation to my offences committed in 2012 when I was 18 years old, I spent a two and a half year sentence incarcerated where I took as many courses as I could in order to understand and prevent further offending.

‘As I was a teenager myself, I was frightened by the whole court system and pleaded guilty to some offences that I didn’t commit in court to ensure that I didn’t affect the victims lives even more than I had already.

‘I live with the regret of committing these offences everyday and the victims never stray from my mind.

‘Six years later, I have attempted to move on with my life as a young adult and find employment and find new friends so that I do not spend my life attached to the benefit system feeling sorry for myself.’

Paedophile ‘advertised Harry Potter-inspired cupboard for £10 a night on Airbnb’

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