Aberdeen’s Depute Provost resigned today after being charged over an alleged sexual assault.
Councillor Alan Donnelly, 64, was arrested over the alleged incident at a civic function on Holburn Street following a remembrance event in November last year.
The alleged assault was reported to police earlier this month when an investigation began.
Mr Donnelly said: “I have resigned from my post as Depute Provost with immediate effect. I maintain my innocence, I will be making no further comment at this time.”
The Conservative Party suspended him when the allegations came to light.
A Scottish Conservative party spokesman said: “Councillor Donnelly remains suspended from the party pending the outcome of criminal proceedings.”
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Mr Donnelly was prohibited from carrying out civic duties in his Depute Provost role in the wake of the assault claim.
At a meeting yesterday, a letter, signed by all opposition councillors in both the SNP and Lib Dem groups, was delivered to the Torry and Ferryhill councillor calling on him to resign.
SNP group leader Stephen Flynn said at the time: “The obvious question facing the Tories is why they feel Aberdeen should have a Depute Provost in name only given that Councillor Donnelly has been instructed not to fulfil the civic duties that he is paid to do.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We can confirm a 64-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”