Ex Rotherham mayor’s crown court date

Former Rotherham mayor Barry Dodson at Sheffield Magistrates court
Former Rotherham mayor Barry Dodson at Sheffield Magistrates court
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A former mayor is to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on New Year’s Eve charged with a historic sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl.

Barry Dodson quit as Labour Mayor of Rotherham in June after just three weeks in the job citing ‘personal reasons’.

The 67-year-old entered no plea when he appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court yesterday morning and the case was committed to the crown court.

He is charged with indecently assaulting a 13-year-old girl between May and September 1987.

Dodson, of Cranworth Road, Rotherham, has been a member of Rotherham Council since 2000.

He became Mayor of Rotherham in June but quit exactly three weeks later. It emerged the following month that he was facing allegations of sexual assault.

The Rotherham East councillor resigned from the Labour party in July but has stayed on as an independent.

Dodson has not commented.