Sex offender Ex-DUP man Ian Stevenson guilty of sex assault on co-worker disqualified from council
“He just basically tried to laugh it off and made the joke, ‘you know me, I would grope anything… well, not anything’”
July 02 2021 03:55 PM
A County Antrim ex-DUP councillor who was convicted of sexually assaulting a female nurse in a care home before saying he would “grope anything” has been disqualified by his council’s standards commissioner for almost four years.
Ian Stevenson (51), from Headland Avenue, Ballymoney, who had served as a councillor for Causeway Coast and Glens, was found guilty and sentenced in 2018 to 220 hours of community service. He was also put on the sex offenders’ register for five years.
The local government standards commissioner, Katrin Shaw, found that Stevenson had breached a term of the local government code of conduct which states that councillors must not bring their position or their council into disrepute.
It was heard in court how Stevenson had asked his co-worker for a hug in a corridor in April 2017, and proceeded to put his hand on the woman’s breast.
When the victim called him out on the incident he tried to brush it off as a joke.
In the woman’s testimony, Belfast Magistrate’s Court heard: “He just basically tried to laugh it off and made the joke, ‘you know me, I would grope anything… well, not anything’.”
Ms Shaw banned Stevenson from being a councillor until April 30, 2025.
She said she took into consideration his previous good service and the personal and reputational impact his sentence had on him, but said these were outweighed by the conviction.
Stevenson, who had been working as a nurse when the incident occurred, was also struck off the nursing register.