Ex-Somerset councillor Joe Leach admits sex abuse

Joe Leach Joe Leach resigned from Sedgemoor District Council in 2012

A former Somerset councillor who admitted taking indecent images of two boys and sexually assaulting one of them has been given a community order.

Joe Leach, 27, committed most of the offences while the boys, aged 16 and 17 at the time, were asleep in his flat.

His crimes came to light when another boy looked at his computer.

A judge at Taunton Crown Court said there was a level of grooming behaviour but no purpose would be served by an immediate custodial sentence.

The court was told the offences happened between April 2011 and August 2012.

Leach's sentence includes being supervised for three years, not refusing police access to his camera for five years and signing the sex offenders register.

The former Liberal Democrat councillor on Sedgemoor District Council resigned from the authority in December 2012, citing a career change as the reason.

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