Leslie Sheppard – Coxhoe
Jail for sex assault councillor
A city councillor has been jailed for two years after he used his car to lure schoolgirls for sex assaults.
Leslie Sheppard, 71, of The Grove, Coxhoe, County Durham, was found guilty of nine indecent assaults and one attempt on three girls aged nine to 13.
The Durham City Councillor for Coxhoe was also ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years after the trial at Teesside Crown Court.
Sheppard had denied the assaults between May 1963 and February 1983.
Prosecutor Robin Turton said that Sheppard told police: “I love women but you do things which you regret.”
Jamie Hill defending said that Sheppard still claimed he was innocent and his family was standing by him.
Judge Michael Cartlidge told Sheppard: “I acknowledge this is a tragedy for all involved.
“You have a high standing in the community but there is a dark side which convicted you of abusing three young girls.