No jail for councillor after sex attack

A FORMER Suffolk County councillor has escaped a jail term today after pleading guilty to sex assault and a string of child pornography offences.

Russell Claydon

A FORMER Suffolk County councillor has escaped a jail term today after pleading guilty to sex assault and a string of child pornography offences.

Ben Redsell was today sentenced to a three year community supervision order at Norwich Crown Court.

His Honour Alasdair Darrock told the former Tory councillor: “It is quite clear you took advantage of this young woman in a disgraceful way.

“You knew perfectly well she could not possibly be consenting to your sexual advances.”

He added: “You have more of a sexual problem than you are prepared to admit.”

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Redsell, 28, of Melton Meadow Road, Melton, near Woodbridge, admitted sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman, seven counts of making indecent pictures of children and three counts of possessing indecent pictures of children.

He was arrested for rape in August 2007, but the court heard how forensic scientists had ruled out rape.

Redsell declined to comment after the case today.