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Former Kingston Council leader Derek Osbourne charged with possessing indecent images of children
The former leader of Kingston Council has been charged with five counts of possessing indecent images of children.
Derek Osbourne, 59, was charged today after appearing at Sutton police station on bail.
Mr Osbourne, from New Malden, was also charged with five counts of distributing indecent images of children and one count of possessing extreme pornography.
The alleged offences are said to have taken place on or before June 11, 2013.
He will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on September 6.
Mr Osbourne's solicitor Phil Smith said:"My client has fully co-operated with the police since his arrest and continues to do so."
Mr Osbourne had first been elected as a Kingston councillor in 1986 and eventually became the Liberal Democrat leader of the council in 1997.
The then deputy leader, Coun Liz Green, became the leader of Kingston Council.
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