Derby

Ex-Derby council boss jailed for child sex attack

Library picture of Maurice Burgess
Image caption Maurice Burgess was suspended by his party when police investigations began in 2005

A former leader of Derby City Council has been jailed for five years for child sex offences.

At Derby Crown Court on Thursday, Maurice Burgess, 63, from Porter Road in Normanton, admitted 11 counts of indecently assaulting a boy under 14.

He was Liberal Democrat leader of the council from 2003 until July 2005.

A conviction in 2006 for assaulting a seven-year-old and the revelation he had a conviction from 1971 led to calls for better checks on councillors.

The latest offences date to the late 1980's and early 1990s.

Burgess became leader after Labour lost overall control of the city council and his group formed a coalition with the Conservatives.

He was suspended by the Liberal Democrats in 2005 but continued as an independent until May 2006.

Burgess was given a suspended sentence for the 2006 conviction and fined for the 1971 offence.

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