Town councillor convicted over indecent images of children
Greenwood on Sex Offenders’ Register
AN EARL Shilton town councillor has been convicted of making indecent images of children after being found guilty by a jury.
Alan Greenwood, aged 74, a long-standing member of the council, denied two counts of making indecent images of children and a count of intention to encourage the commission of an offence.
He received a nine month custodial sentence suspended for two years for encouraging the commission of an offence and nine months each, concurrent, on the indecent images charges.
He was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for a period of ten years.
Greenwood, of Kerry Close, Barwell, was convicted by a jury following a three day trial at Leicester Crown Court.
He has been informed by the clerk of the council that, subject to any appeal, he will be stripped of his office on Earl Shilton Town Council.
A statement released by Mark Jackson, clerk to the council, said: “Earl Shilton Town Council were informed this morning (December 21) that Town Councillor Alan Douglas Greenwood, the elected member for Church Ward, Earl Shilton, has been found guilty of serious criminal charges after a three day trial at Leicester Crown Court.
“The sentence is believed to include the following; sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years. placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years, all phones seized, to pay prosecution costs of £1,000, to pay a victim surcharge of £140.
“The town council will today deliver a letter to Councillor Greenwood informing him that, subject to any appeal process, he is disqualified from office.”
Councillors can be stripped of their office for breaching the code of conduct by being convicted of an offence and being sentenced to not less than three months imprisonment, whether suspended or not.
The disqualification begins following the expiration of the period allowed to make an appeal or when an appeal is abandoned or dismissed.
The statement from Earl Shilton Town Council added: “The Town Council are at this stage not aware of any appeal process that Councillor Greenwood may be considering.”
Greenwood came under fire two years ago when Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council recommended his removal from positions of responsibility.
The recommendation came after Greenwood’s failure to co-operate with an investigation following a complaint that was made against him.
He denied he had been contacted and appealed the decision of the council.