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Former mayor jailed for child sexual assault still being paid

Councillor David Boswell has been convicted of raping a child.

A legal anomaly means a Pembrokeshire councillor who has been convicted of child sex abuse and sentenced to prison for 18 years is still being paid for his job at the council.

David Boswell, 58, from Pembroke Dock was sentenced last week after being found guilty of raping a young girl and abusing another.

The former mayor of Pembroke has 28 days to appeal the decision.

He has refused to resign from his role as councillor and the council is unable to remove him during the appeal period.

As he remains an active councillor they must also continue to pay him his £13,600 a year salary or they may face legal action.

Children’s charity NSPCC said they are outraged by the situation.

Boswell was convicted of appalling sex offences against children and it is right that he now faces many years behind bars where he cannot harm others. It is wrong that someone convicted of sexual crimes against children can continue to serve as an elected official for any period of time and we support a change to the law to ensure situations like this are not repeated.

– NSPCC spokesperson

The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) is urging the government to change the legislation as soon as possible to avoid this happening again in the future.

The issue in question is a legal anomaly in the current framework that needs to be urgently addressed. The power to amend the legislation and change the criteria for when a councillor may and may not remain in post is within the remit of the National Assembly and therefore the Welsh Government.

– WLGA spokesperson

Pembrokeshire County Council said the seat of Pembroke St Mary North will be declared vacant as soon as legislation permits.