Mayor resigns and put on sex offenders register gets away with a slap on the wrist for child porn
Such abuse by those in trusted positions are getting more frequent and heaven help us when the new child index is brought in
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FORMER mayor of Chelmsford has been placed on the sex offenders’ register after receiving a police caution for possessing indecent images of children. Essex Chronicle Previous entry: Taking the P. Top cop wants 1.2 mill
David Lee, 46, resigned as mayor last September amid allegations a council employee had been accessing sexually explicit images on a council computer.
Essex Police’s child protection unit launched an 11-month investigation into the allegations surrounding the former Conservative councillor, who represented the Moulsham and Central Ward. He also sat as vice-chair of governors at Boswells School.
In November, computers were seized from the father-of-three’s Springfield address. Mr Lee was never arrested, but it is understood he has now been cautioned by police in relation to child porn offences.
A police spokesman said: "A man from Chelmsford has been cautioned by police for child sex offences.
"Police were contacted by Chelmsford Borough Council in September 2007 following concerns that indecent images of children were contained on a computer.
"In November a search warrant was executed at a Chelmsford man’s house and a number of computer equipment items were seized by detectives from the force’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit.
"A 46-year-old man has now received a formal police caution for being in possession of indecent images of children.
"He has also been placed on the sex offenders’ register for two years."
The Chronicle contacted Mr Lee but he declined to comment.
Chelmsford Borough Council has confirmed it will be reviewing its safety and welfare measures, to ensure that child safety is protected at all times.
A council spokeswoman said: "We are incredibly dismayed at the findings of the investigation.
Former deputy mayor and Broomfield parish councillor Charlie Cole said: "This outcome is an absolute tragedy. David was an excellent councillor who did so much good work in the 20 years I have known him."
A formal caution, also known as a simple caution, is an official warning of unacceptable behaviour. It aims to prevent offenders re-offending and is used to deal with those who commit less serious crimes.
The sex offenders’ register holds details of all those convicted or cautioned for a crime in England and Wales under the 2003 Sexual Offences Act. Offenders must register with police within 72 hours of being convicted or cautioned.
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Essex Chronicle Previous entry: Taking the P. Top cop wants 1.2 mill
Previous entry: Taking the P. Top cop wants 1.2 mill