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