Former parish councillor admits child sex charges

Falmouth Packet: Former parish councillor admits child sex charges Former parish councillor admits child sex charges

A former parish councillor has pleaded guilty to six charges of sexually touching a girl aged under 13 in Helston.

Brian Deacon, from Merther Close, Sithney, admitted the offences when he appeared before Truro Crown Court last Thursday.

The six offences relate to the sexual assault of girls aged eight and ten years at Helston between 2011 and 2013.

The 69-year-old is due to return to court on March 26 for sentencing.

During this hearing he will also make a plea to a further charge, involving an allegation of rape on a child.

Deacon is a former chairman of Sithney Cornish Wrestling Club, however he no longer has anything to do with the club.

He has also sat as a Sithney parish councillor, for which he was previously representative for Police and Victim Support, together with the Cornwall Association of Local Councils (CALC).

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6:45am Wed 5 Mar 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

I realise it could still be flawed, but I think all Town/Parish and Cornwall Councillors should have a Criminal Records Bureau check before holding their positions in office, it may go some way to preventing those with inappropriate offences registered against them from being allowed to represent the public in a position which attracts trust.
I realise it could still be flawed, but I think all Town/Parish and Cornwall Councillors should have a Criminal Records Bureau check before holding their positions in office, it may go some way to preventing those with inappropriate offences registered against them from being allowed to represent the public in a position which attracts trust. Gillian R.Z. Martin
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9:24am Wed 5 Mar 14

iandharvey says...

Gillian, "A person is disqualified from being elected or being a member of a parish council if he/she has, within five years before his/her election, or since his/her election, been convicted of a crime and has had passed upon him/her a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months ..". I am not sure that this is validated when you become a councillor, but I agree that a CRB/DBS check at that time would identify existing convictions.
Gillian, "A person is disqualified from being elected or being a member of a parish council if he/she has, within five years before his/her election, or since his/her election, been convicted of a crime and has had passed upon him/her a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months ..". I am not sure that this is validated when you become a councillor, but I agree that a CRB/DBS check at that time would identify existing convictions. iandharvey
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10:17am Wed 5 Mar 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

iandharvey wrote:
Gillian, "A person is disqualified from being elected or being a member of a parish council if he/she has, within five years before his/her election, or since his/her election, been convicted of a crime and has had passed upon him/her a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months ..". I am not sure that this is validated when you become a councillor, but I agree that a CRB/DBS check at that time would identify existing convictions.
Ian, thank you for your response to my post. I was aware of the information which you have given, however, I believe this has in the past, rather relied on one declaring such offence/conviction as opposed to being data checked by the council. I have had several CRB checks as I have worked with young/elderly and vulnerable people on an employable and voluntary basis and I feel that as Councillors have varied responsibilities, particularly Cornwall Councillors, the criteria of a councillor should be judged no less strictly than that of some employable and other voluntary positions. I am not suggesting that Councillors should be judged on their past 'misdemeanours,' only to take into consideration relevant issues.

I believe that a great consideration is the fact that once in position, the council has no authority to dismiss a councillor or even to suspend, as due to recent government legislation, the council is now left with very little sanctions with which to apply, as opposed to a normal working environment where one can be dismissed.
In my view one may not even need to be criminally convicted or to the point of prison sentence, suspended or otherwise, to still be classed as inappropriately placed as a councillor.
[quote][p][bold]iandharvey[/bold] wrote: Gillian, "A person is disqualified from being elected or being a member of a parish council if he/she has, within five years before his/her election, or since his/her election, been convicted of a crime and has had passed upon him/her a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months ..". I am not sure that this is validated when you become a councillor, but I agree that a CRB/DBS check at that time would identify existing convictions.[/p][/quote]Ian, thank you for your response to my post. I was aware of the information which you have given, however, I believe this has in the past, rather relied on one declaring such offence/conviction as opposed to being data checked by the council. I have had several CRB checks as I have worked with young/elderly and vulnerable people on an employable and voluntary basis and I feel that as Councillors have varied responsibilities, particularly Cornwall Councillors, the criteria of a councillor should be judged no less strictly than that of some employable and other voluntary positions. I am not suggesting that Councillors should be judged on their past 'misdemeanours,' only to take into consideration relevant issues. I believe that a great consideration is the fact that once in position, the council has no authority to dismiss a councillor or even to suspend, as due to recent government legislation, the council is now left with very little sanctions with which to apply, as opposed to a normal working environment where one can be dismissed. In my view one may not even need to be criminally convicted or to the point of prison sentence, suspended or otherwise, to still be classed as inappropriately placed as a councillor. Gillian R.Z. Martin
  • Score: 5

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