CONVICTED Andrew Roddison has quit as a councillor, it emerged today, as he was sentenced for squeezing another elected member’s bottom.
The ex-Brinsworth and Catcliffe ward member (41) was given a community order with a night-time curfew by a judge at Leeds Magistrates’ Court.
He was also made the subject of an indefinite restraining order against the victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
Rotherham councillor convicted of sexual assault to resign
A Rotherham councillor who was convicted of sexually assaulting a colleague has said he will resign.
Andrew Roddison, 41, of Flatts Lane in Treeton, was accused of sexually assaulting a female councillor following a parade in Rotherham in May.
The Labour councillor for the Brinsworth and Catcliffe ward denied the charges, but he was found guilty at Leeds Magistrates Court.
At the court hearing, he was given an indefinite restraining order.
He was also sentenced to a six-month curfew order, told to pay £500 in legal costs and given an £85 victim surcharge, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
In a statement, his solicitor, Steve Smith, said: “Having considered the financial options open to Mr Roddison it has been decided with great reluctance not to appeal.
“His income has been taken from him, and consequently he is resigning his position as a councillor.”
South Yorkshire councillor sentenced for sexual assault
A South Yorkshire councillor who pinched a fellow councillor’s bottom has been electronically tagged and given a curfew.
Andrew Roddison, aged 41, who was elected as a Labour councillor in Rotherham in 2011, was sentenced yesterday after being found guilty of sexual assault at a previous hearing.
The married father-of-two, from Flatts Lane, Treeton, was accused of squeezing a fellow councillor’s bottom at a function.