Ex-county council leader pleads guilty to indecent assault

08/03 Updated: 15/03 11:57

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FORMER Worcestershire County Council leader Dr George Lord has pleaded guilty to three charges of indecent assault on an underage girl in the 1970s.

The Bromsgrove resident had already been convicted of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in the council chamber in 2010 at a trial in January - details of which have only been allowed to be reported now.

Lord had denied the charges and was due to stand trial later this month (March). But at a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court today (Thursday) he changed his plea to guilty. He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced in April.

The three charges of indecent assault relate to a period in the 1970s when Lord groomed the 14-year-old.

Det Insp Jon Wallis, of West Mercia Police, said: "While these two cases were separated by many years, in both George Lord has abused a position of authority.

"In the first case in the 1970s, he groomed a teenage girl for his own gratification.

"Then in 2010, in his capacity as Leader of Worcestershire County Council, he took advantage of a young woman in a junior position. The women he targeted, who have been left traumatised by their ordeal, have shown great fortitude to support a prosecution and achieve justice for themselves.

"We would like to reassure any other victims of similar offences that if they come forward, West Mercia Police will support them and pursue prosecutions wherever possible, regardless of when the offence took place. We encourage them to contact us and at the very least we can put them in touch with local support agencies."

Lord resigned as council leader and as a councillor in November 2010. He also left his position on Bromsgrove District Council and on Bromsgrove Conservative Association.

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