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Rutland County councillor pleads guilty to four counts relating to communications offences

Richard Alderman
Richard Alderman

A 72-year-old Rutland councillor has pleaded guilty to four charges in relation to comments posted on social media.

Richard Alderman of Lonsdale Way, Oakham, was charged earlier this week with four counts of sending by public communication network an offensive, indecent, obscene, menacing message or matter.

The charges relate to messages posted on June 16 and July 15 this year.

They were reported to police on July 16.

He appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court this morning (Thursday, September 27) for a short hearing and pleaded guilty to the charges. Sentencing was postponed until next week.

In a statement posted on its website, Rutland County Council said it was "aware of charges being brought by Leicestershire Police against Councillor Richard Alderman and will continue to follow the case closely".

"We are unable to comment further at this stage and will begin an internal review process to examine Coun Alderman’s conduct as soon as formal legal proceedings have ended."

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