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Solihull councillor sentenced for sex assault

A former deputy leader of a West Midlands council has been given a conditional discharge after admitting sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

Solihull councillor Ian Hillas, 42, pleaded guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court to the offence, which happened in May 2009.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and was made to pay £2,151 in costs and £500 as compensation.

He admitted kissing the girl on the cheek and neck at a party.

Hillas, of Oakwood Croft, will also have to register as a sex offender for a year.

The court heard the offence took place in the early hours of the morning after other people at the party had gone to bed.

Judge Michael Challinor said the prosecution had been the "real punishment" for the councillor.

He said he was satisfied Hillas, of Oakwood Croft, Solihull, did not pose a danger to the public.

In mitigation, Hillas' barrister said it had been a moment of "utter madness".

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