Danny Tetley has appeared in court charged with several counts of sexual offences (Picture: ITV)

The X Factor semi-finalist Danny Tetley has appeared in court charged with sexual offences against children

The 38-year-old appeared at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court on 30 August where charges included engaging in sexual communication with a child and four counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He has also been accused of five counts of inciting the sexual exploitation of a child. four counts of possessing indecent images of children, and one count of committing an act to or attempt to pervert the course of justice.

He remains remanded in custody and will appear at Bradford crown court in September.

In a statement from his lawyers, he asked for privacy during this ‘challenging time’.

‘Kings Solicitors of Bradford are able to confirm we represent Danny Tetley who has been charged with a number of sexual offences relating to children,’ read the statement.

‘The current legal position is he has been remanded into custody pending his appearance at Bradford Crown Court on Friday, September 27. Kings Solicitors are instructed to state on behalf of our client that since the start of the police investigation into these allegations and quite naturally he has been under immense pressure and stress.

‘He asks that due process be allowed to take place, and would be very grateful if during this very challenging time his and his family’s right to privacy is respected.

‘He is grateful for all the support he has received.’

Danny Tetley on The X Factor (Picture: ITV)

The singer turned himself into Bradford police earlier this year and has been bailed three times after police called his mother’s house trying to track him down.

He was later arrested for the offence but has maintained his innocence, insisting he has been set up and has denied all allegations.

‘This kind of thing has gone on for ages because people don’t like to see me do well,’ he told The Sun in August after turning himself in to the police.

‘I’ve never handled the fame very well. I haven’t worked this hard just for me to be slaughtered.’

Danny appeared on the 2018 version of the ITV singing show and came sixth.

Earlier this year he was faced with scandal when a video of him snorting a line of cocaine emerged online.

‘I’ve worked my a**e off for everything that I’ve got, but THIS is how I enjoy my time after working my f***ing a**e off,’ he said in the video.

The star later said in a statement: ‘I am not going to try to attempt to defend this video, it is something I am not proud of. I take full responsibility for my actions and I would encourage anybody battling their demons to seek professional help.’

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