Friday, 12 August 2011

Ex-city council leader jailed over years of child sex abuse

FORMER Derby City Council leader Maurice Burgess has been jailed for five years for child sex offences.

Ex-Liberal Democrat leader Burgess has admitted indecently assaulting four boys, aged seven to 11 years old, between 1989 and 1994.

The offences came to light after one of Burgess' victims phoned asking him to admit that he had abused him almost 20 years ago.

Burgess, of Porter Road, Normanton, initially denied the offences but then confessed to a police officer who was part of his church congregation.

The 63-year-old then told police there had been three other victims, who confirmed the offences when officers contacted them.

This is not the first time Burgess has been convicted of sexually abusing boys. In 2006, he was given a suspended sentence for indecently assaulting a seven-year-old boy in 1983.

Burgess, who was a city council candidate at the time, would invite boys back to his home to play on his computer and read magazines.

Burgess was elected as a councillor in 1994 and remained one for 12 years. He was the Liberal Democrat leader of Derby City Council from 2003 until July 2005.

HE may have experienced many highs during his time in Derby but, last night, self-confessed child abuser Maurice Burgess hit a new low – jailed for five years for paedophilia.

In between those offences, he acted as leader of Derby City Council, having failed to declare the very first conviction when he stood as a councillor in Littleover. 

My comment: Another wrong un who managed to wangle himself into a position of power. Where were the safeguards where was the scrutiny, why an earth do they believe the person who makes a declaration, did no one check?  

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