Lincolnshire councillor charged with child sex offences

A Lincolnshire district councillor has been charged with 22 sexual abuse charges.

Phillip Steven Leivers (75), who represented Chapel St Leonards on East Lindsey District Council, resigned from his post following the allegations.

He was charged by Metropolitan Police with eight counts of rape, six counts of gross indecency with a child, and eight counts of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency.

The alleged offences took place between 1974 and 1982 and relate to one female victim.

He has been released on bail and is due to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court on October 14.

A Metropolitan Police statement said: “Phillip Steven Leivers, 75, of Chapel St Leonards, Skegness, Lincolnshire, was on 6 August charged with: eight counts of rape contrary to section 1(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 1956, six counts of gross indecency with a child contrary to section 1(1) of the Indecency with Children Act 1960, and eight counts of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency contrary to section 1(1) of the Indecency with Children Act 1960.”