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Former Cheshire councillor sentenced for sexual assaults and GBH

|News, Sexual offences

A former Cheshire parish councillor has been sentenced for sexually assaulting four men and assaulting another. 

Kieran Reed, 38, who was a parish councillor for Hale Bank, appeared before Warrington Magistrates’ Court today (13 July 2021) to be sentenced for:

  • Assaulting an 85-year-old man in the victim’s home in Essex on 30 April 2021. He had pleaded guilty to this.
  • Sexually assaulting a friend in the victim’s home in Cheshire on 7 July 2021. He had pleaded guilty to this.
  • Sexually assaulting three men, including a friend, a police officer and a taxi driver on 13, 21 and 22 August 2020. He was found guilty of these offences at Crewe Magistrates Court on 22 April 2021, by District Judge Sanders.

He has been given a 12-month jail term, suspended for two years, he must complete 50 days of a rehabilitation activity, 120 of Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring, he will be electronically tagged and subject to a curfew for 6 months between 7pm and 7am and must pay £150 compensation to each of the 4 victims of sexual assault and £750 compensation to the victim of the Section 20 assault.

The Crown Prosecution Service said that all of Mr Reed’s offending had happened after he had been drinking heavily. The latest assaults had happened in the victims' own homes.

All of the victims spoke of the shock and impact of his offending on them.

Crown Prosecutor Jonathan Wilkinson, of CPS Mersey Cheshire said: “It is clear that Kieran Reed is struggling at the moment and has issues with alcohol.

“But his actions on these several occasions were totally unacceptable. He left his victims feeling vulnerable, shaken and violated.

“Several of his victims knew him and he has breached the trust expected of a friend. The Crown Prosecution Service would like to thank them for their help in bringing this prosecution."

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