THE political career of a North Yorkshire county councillor is over after he tried to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Morris Lightfoot continued his perverted online chats with “Tina” despite one chatroom barring him, said Nick Worsley, prosecuting at York Crown Court.
But instead of the 13-year-old girl he believed her to be, “Tina” was Tony Graves, the adult male moderator of chatroom “Zorbie”, who set a trap for the former Harrogate deputy mayor and current county councillor.
“It seems to me that if it hadn’t been for the very responsible activity of Mr Graves, proprietor of this site, you may have got in touch with a real 13-year-old and that may have led to serious sexual offending on your part,” Judge Peter Benson told Lightfoot.
He jailed the 56-year-old sex offender for eight months. The sentence means that Lightfoot will automatically lose his position as county councillor and Harrogate borough councillor in 28 days’ time.