Peterlee Mayor charged with underage sexual grooming

Statement from Durham Police on the Mayor of Peterlee, Lee Cook.

“A 29-year-old man from Peterlee has been charged with meeting a boy under the age of 16 following sexual grooming.

Lee Cook, of Quantock Place, is due to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court today (Monday).”

He is alleged to have arranged to meet a 15 year old boy for sex and sexual activities.

The 29-year-old town councillor appeared before Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court this morning. The bench heard he indicated a guilty plea.

He will appear at Durham Crown Court on Friday, August 25, where he will be given his sentence. He was given bail on the condition he is not to have unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 16, directly or indirectly, including social media.

A spokesman for the North East Party, which he represents as a member for the Edenhill area of the town, issued a statement after the arrest at the weekend.

It said: “The North East Party has become aware of the arrest of one of our members.

“We have no prior knowledge or information about this matter and have acted immediately to suspend the person concerned while any police inquiry or legal process takes place.

“Senior North East Party members have also taken immediate action to ensure that all the work of the party continues on the basis of ‘business as usual’.

“In the interests of justice, the North East Party will be making no further comment at this time.”

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