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Ex-mayor Barry Dodson denies sex assault on girl

Barry Dodson
Image caption Barry Dodson will face trial on the indecent assault charge on 3 August

A former mayor of Rotherham has denied a charge of indecently assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

Barry Dodson, 67, is alleged to have carried out the attack in 1987.

At Sheffield Crown Court, Mr Dodson, of Cranworth Road, Rotherham, pleaded not guilty to one count of indecent assault.

Mr Dodson, an independent councillor in Rotherham, has been bailed to appear at the same court and face trial on 3 August.

Mr Dodson, who has been a councillor for Rotherham East since 2000, stood down as mayor in June and also resigned from the Labour Party.

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