A town hall Labour councillor has been charged with making rape images of children.
Simon Carter, who represents Labour in the Tottington ward for Bury Council, has appeared in court charged with 16 counts of making rape images of children, police have confirmed.
The charges he faces follow an investigation by a specialist police child abuse unit in Bury.
Coun Carter, 53, of Rosewood Avenue in Tottington, Bury, appeared before Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on Saturday.
He was released on bail and is due to make a second appearance at the same court at a later date.
The charges cover a period of time between January 1, 2011 and April this year. He was arrested following an investigation by Greater Manchester Police’s Child Abuse Investigation Team based in Bury.
In a statement, the force confirmed the charges and that Labour party Councilor Carter had appeared in court.
Councilor Carter, who works as a self-employed IT trainer, was elected to Bury council in 2012, winning the seat from the Tories.
According to the council’s website, his term of office runs until 2016 and he sits on the overview and scrutiny committee, Ramsbottom, Tottington and North Manor township forum and on the council’s standards committee.
Labour Party officials have been made aware of the arrest and charges but have refused to make any further comment.
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