April 2012

Council leader Dr George Lord jailed for sexually abusing Sunday school pupil

The former leader of Worcestershire County Council who sexually abused a Sunday school pupil while he was a church minister has been jailed for four years.

George Lord, who represented Alvechurch, also sexually assaulted a “vulnerable” teenager in the council chamber when he ran the local authority.

Lord, 79, who had previously admitted three charges of indecent assault and was found guilty of sexual assault following a trial was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

Judge Nigel Godsmark QC said “Going back to the 1970s when you were a church minister over the course of several years you sexually groomed her and then took advantage of her for your own sexual gratification.

“As her minister you should have been her protector not her abuser.

“A repellant feature of this case is , as her minister, you subsequently agreed to preside over her marriage.”

Bernard Linnemann, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said at the time Lord was in his mid to late 40s, a married man with family, who was a leader at his local church.

He said his victim, who lived in Droitwich, attended Sunday school, was naive and enjoyed the attentions of the defendant.

Mr Linnemann said while in the church’s chapel Lord had cuddled the teenager and rubbed himself up against her.

Lord would also regularly take her home in his car, on occasions stopping off at a wildlife centre where he abused her in a hide.

There was an occasion, he said, when the victim performed a sexual act on Lord while he was driving.

“In the course of doing that he almost collided with another car,” said Mr Linnemann.

He said Lord had told her that it was a “special and secret relationship” and they should keep it between themselves.

On October 27 2010, he said, Lord had met a 19-year-old woman by chance at the Council House and offered to show her around.

He invited her to his office and then to the council chamber.

However he then became “over familiar” with the teenager asking her personal questions and kissing her.

Lord then sexually assaulted her while she was examining a plaque in the chamber.

Brett Wilson, defending, said Lord, who had served in the Royal Airforce and had been a teacher, had had a good career as a politician and that he had served his community well.

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