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A Councillor has been accused of assault, it was dealt with

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A ward Councillor has been accused of sexual assault, it was dealt with at our local town hall by two other ward Councillors and the chief whip. A letter of apology/ admission was signed by the accused and then the accused was allowed to carry on his duties as a Councillor. Is this lawfully okay. If councill officials are made aware of a crime, is it okay for them to say nothing and carry on as normal?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
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Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 months ago.

Oh yes, it is fine.

They don't have to make a report if nobody else wants to. There is no obligation upon anybody to make a report in the UK save for limited exceptions.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 months ago.

The other problem is that it depends on the nature of the 'assault'. Quite a lot of sexual assaults really amount to unsuccessful passes and they are more appropriate for a letter of apology if any action really needs to be taken at all. If it is more serious than that then it calls for some form of action but there is no need to bring it to the attention of the police.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Jo

Customer: replied 4 months ago.

So because the accused has simply just had to apologies, and the nature of his work could mean dealing with vulnerable okay to just let him get back to his position of a ward Councillor. It seems typical but not entirely fair. Apart from lots of sexual comments he started smacking and grabbing her backside.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 months ago.

Yes, he can return to office.

There is no duty to report it.

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