Cumbria

Tony Brunskill admits sexual offences with young people

Tony Brunskill
Image caption Tony Brunskill has been told to expect a significant custodial sentence

A former councillor from Cumbria has been warned to expect a jail term after pleading guilty to a series of sexual offences involving young people.

Tony Brunskill admitted nine offences of indecent assault on a boy aged from 13 upwards, dating back to the 1970s.

He also admitted seven counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 and meeting a child for the purpose of sexual grooming between 2008 and 2010.

The 65-year-old was remanded for reports and sentencing on 29 July.

The grooming and sexual activity charges related to a Cumbrian boy, while the indecent assault took place while he was working at a school in Lancashire.

Brunskill, of Salkeld Dykes near Penrith, is an ex-Eden District Council chairman.

The judge at Carlisle Crown Court warned him that he faced a significant custodial sentence.

Speaking after the case, Det Ch Insp Paul Duhig, from Cumbria Police, said: "Child sex offenders often use a position of power or authority to intimidate their victims not to report the abuse and try to convince them they would not be believed.

"The victims in this case deserve our praise and respect for finding the courage to come forward and provide evidence."

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