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Dad Arrested Hiring Prostitute as Gift for Son, 14

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By David Goguen on May 19, 2009 7:39 AM

"Hey Dad, I Think There's Something Wrong With My New Hooker"

When a London father decided that his 14 year-old son deserved a present, he skipped the child's play of an Xbox 360 and drove straight to the red-light district of Nottingham, where he told the kid to pick out a prostitute. Like a Child Protective Services version of the old "How Much is That Doggy in the Window?" song, the boy pressed his nose against the passenger-side window glass and chose a hooker to take home.

But when the father pulled over to work out the fine print, he found out the hard way that his young son has a lot to learn when it comes to discerning an undercover cop from an actual prostitute. Dad was arrested by plainclothes officers and charged with soliciting a woman for sex with a child, Reuters reports.

The boy said that he and his father were driving past the girl when the dad pointed to her and said 'will she do?', according to prosecutors and Reuters. The boy said 'yes,' and another installment in Great Father-Son Bonding Moments in History was born.   

A Nottingham Crown Court judge decided to go easy on the father and spare him any jail time, in light of the father's "excellent character" and because he "did not mean any harm to his son," Reuters reports.

The court also allowed the boy to continue living with his father, which gives the pair plenty of time to reflect on what happened, figure out how to avoid repeating their mistakes, and make sure this Christmas is the best one yet.