Councillor guilty of child sex abuse

By a County Press reporter

Monday, February 3, 2014

 

UPDATED MONDAY 11:04*

A FORMER Isle of Wight councillor and Newport parish councillor has been found guilty of sex offences against children today (Friday) following a retrial at the Isle of Wight Crown Court.

David Rex Whittaker, 73, of Redstart Close, Newport, was found guilty of two charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual activity with a child, and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of children.

He was also found guilty of sexual assault on a child and causing a child under the age of 16 to watch a sexual act.

Whittaker had denied all the charges. He is due to be sentenced next week.

The retrial took place this week, after a jury failed to come to a verdict in December.

*Whittaker resigned from Newport Parish Council on Friday.

For more on this story, see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, February 7.

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