UK Dad Tries to Hire Prostitute for 14-Year-Old
Man snagged in police sting draws 10-month suspended sentence
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 15, 2009 12:34 PM CDT
A man in England tried to hire a prostitute for his 14-year-old son.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A UK man who confessed to trying to pick up a prostitute for his teenage son has been sentenced to 10 months in prison but won't serve time, the Daily Mail reports. The 42-year-old visited Nottingham's red-light district last year on a quest to help his son, 14,  lose his virginity—but the woman he tried to hire was an undercover cop.

The man’s lawyer said his client felt a “thorough sense of shame”; the judge suspended his sentence because of good character, Reuters reports. But, the judge said, “you have a duty of care to your son, and that is to look after his moral welfare, not, as you might think, to break him in to the ways of sex through a prostitute.”