A Devon county councillor has been charged with sexual assaults on three women.
Brian Greenslade, from Marwood in North Devon, has served on the council for more than 30 years and was leader for 16 years.
The 70-year-old Liberal councillor was charged with three offences this afternoon:
Indecently assaulting a woman in Exeter between January 1994 and December 1995.
During the same period, he is accused of a further charged of indecent assault on a woman in Barnstaple.
He is further charged with sexual assault on a woman in Exeter between June 2005 and January 2006.
Councillor Greenslade will appear before Barnstaple Magistrates' Court on 8 April.