A local English politician who pushed for the implementation of ‘gender-neutral’ toilets just after being elected into office has now been charged with nine counts of sexual touching of a child.
According to a report by the BBC, David Smith, shortly after he was elected to the local authority in Teeside, Yorkshire as a Conservative Party politician, successfully petitioned the Mayor of Middlesbrough to trial gender-neutral toilets at the Middlesbrough Council.
In light of the allegations against him, Councillor Smith immediately resigned from the Conservative Party. After resigning Smith said that he “completely rejects” the “spurious allegations”, and claimed that he was simply “removing myself from the party [to]ensure I can focus all my efforts on fighting to clear my name.”
Despite resigning from the party, reports suggest that Smith doesn’t intend on stepping down from his role on the council. Thus, for the time being, he will continue to receive a reported £6,378 in basic allowance.
Smith claims that he “worked hard to ensure I serve the people of Coulby Newham to the best of my ability”.
Smith, also rather pathetically, claimed that “ordering bollards to be installed”, “tackling the issue of potholes”, and “being a very proud advocate of the local LGBTQ community” were all highlights and accomplishments of his career as a Conservative politician.
“This is who I am as a person and a community activist,” Smith asserted.
He added that “The allegations made against my character are nothing more than damaging lies and moving forward, I will seek to prove this is the case in a court of law.”
Before the pedophilia charges, Smith recently found himself in hot water when it came to light that he had suggested a “heinous benefit system” had led to “rotten pond life families that should be sterilized and washed” in a post on an association football forum under the screen name “Smoggy89”.
According to a spokesperson for the Cleveland Police, Smith is “due to appear at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 7 August.”
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