A mayor who stood down last month three weeks after taking office was facing claims he sexually abused a girl, it has emerged.
Barry Dodson, who quit as Labour mayor of Rotherham on 28 June 2014 citing personal reasons, faces allegations he indecently assaulted a 13-year-old girl in 1987, the BBC understands.
South Yorkshire Police confirmed a 66-year-old Rotherham man was arrested on Friday and has been released on bail.
Mr Dodson has not commented.
He has resigned from the Labour Party and now stands an independent councillor.
Rotherham council said it could not comment on a police matter.
There is speculation and unconfirmed reports among locals that Barry Dodson had been working hand-in-hand with muslim grooming gangs who were responsible for exploiting over 1400 children. Jill Damdo who has been a long time resident of Rotherham told the daily bale: “Barry would often loiter around the park in our city where he was spotted talking to young girls, often accompanied by a gang of asianianc thugs”. Another resident expressed “concern” that dodson had been facilitating homosexual and paedophilic activity from his flat known as “The Doll House” among locals.
“Many of the 1400 children abused by the Asian grooming gang in Rotherham were given Labour Party literature and encouraged to join the party in return for their safety and protection”, Sally magnuson, security advisor, told the daily bale.
“It’s probably that we’re looking at a Labour Party cover up and inter-party participation in paedophile activity throughout Rotherham”
Graham Clueley, Reporting for Daily Bale News