Belfast Telegraph

Ex-SDLP councillor who sexually assaulted teenage girl refuses to resign seat

Former SDLP councillor Brian Duffin has refused to resign his council seat despite being convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

The 73-year-old Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough councillor was sentenced to four months in prison at Antrim Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Duffin, who denies assaulting the 17-year-old girl, told the BBC he would not be resigning his seat.

After he was handed the prison sentence, Duffin was granted £500 bail pending the appeal of his sentence and conviction.

Following a short contest at an earlier hearing last month, the judge convicted Duffin, a father and grandfather from the Cargin Road in Toomebridge, of sexually assaulting his 17-year-old victim on 16 June 2016.

The court heard then how the pensioner, who resigned his position with the SDLP on Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council after he was initially charged, “stuck his tongue” into the mouth of the teenage girl, had one hand on her breast and the other on her inner thigh during the sexual assault.

In addition to the jail sentence, the judge imposed a five year Sexual Offences Prevention Order, the terms of which include having no contact with anyone under 17 without approval from a risk manager, not to stay overnight at an address without approval, not to frequent facilities for children's education or play or loiter at same without approval from a designated risk manager.

Duffin must also sign the police sex offenders register for seven register for seven years.

A spokeswoman for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council said that it was "currently taking advice on the matter" of Mr Duffin's status.

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