Councillor faces trial over sex offences

A SUFFOLK county councillor will stand trial over allegations of a string of sexual offences after he appeared before a crown court judge to plead not guilty to the charges against him.

A SUFFOLK county councillor will stand trial over allegations of a string of sexual offences after he appeared before a crown court judge to plead not guilty to the charges against him.

Ben Redsell, of Melton Meadow Road, Melton, appeared at Norwich Crown Court to answer 12 charges in addition to two he has already pleaded not guilty to.

The 28-year-old appeared before His Honour Judge Downes yesterday and pleaded not guilty to ten charges relating to indecent images found on a computer and two charges involving a 14-year-old girl.

The two counts of indecent assault against the 14-year-old are alleged to have happened between September 4, 2002 and September 6, 2003.

The charges relating to indecent images included seven counts of taking an indecent photograph of a child between September 1, 2000 and August 1, 2007 and three further charges of possessing of an indecent photograph of a child on August 25 last year.

Redsell had previously pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault by penetration against a female aged over 16 on August 24 last year and a charge of sexual assault against a female aged over 16 on the same date.

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A date for his trial, which will be held at Norwich Crown Court, is expected to be set for late May or early June.

Redsell was released on conditional bail.