Paul Davies: Conservative ex-Uttlesford district councillor for Dunmow and parish councillor for Stansted charged over child sex abuse videos and extreme porn video involving dog
A Conservative former member of Uttlesford District Council and Stansted Parish Council has appeared in court on five charges related to hundreds of videos of child sex abuse and bestiality.
Paul Davies, 47, of Oxlip Road, Stansted, appeared before magistrates in Chelmsford on Monday last week (April 25). He is to be sentenced by a judge at the city's Crown court later this month.
He was released on unconditional bail and must register at Harlow police station in accordance with the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
Davies was arrested in December 2021 while he was still serving as a Stansted parish councillor, having won a by-election for the Stansted North ward seven months earlier. He resigned the same month "due to a family crisis", it was reported at the time.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: "A man has been charged in connection with an investigation into indecent images of children.
"Paul Davies, 47, of Oxlip Road, Stansted, was arrested on 16 December.
"He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on 25 April charged with distributing indecent images of children, making indecent images of children and possession of extreme pornography.
"He admitted the charges and is due to appear for sentencing at Chelmsford Crown Court on 23 May."
Davies faces three charges of making indecent photos of children which relate to a total of 385 videos and one image in categories A, B and C.
The single charge of distributing an indecent photo of a child relates to two category A videos.
The charge of possessing extreme pornographic images relates to two bestiality videos showing a person performing a sexual act with a dog.
Stansted Parish Council chair Maureen Caton said: "Mr Davies resigned from his post in December 2021 when safeguarding concerns were first raised. We have been working closely with Essex Police and the local authority to ensure safeguarding measures were taken.
"We can confirm none of the offences relate to Mr Davies' role he held with us."
Davies sparked controversy at last October’s parish council meeting by claiming he had been subjected to “bullying, rude and aggressive” behaviour that was “the worst example of attempted bullying I have faced”.
The council vehemently denied his allegations. The two parties met with representatives of the Essex Association of Local Councils in November in a bid to resolve the issue, the outcome of which was not made public.
In May 2011, Davies and fellow Conservative John Davey were elected to Uttlesford District Council to represent Great Dunmow North after winning the seats from the Liberal Democrats. Then in May 2019 the Tory pair lost to Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) candidates Alexander Armstrong and Louise Pepper as R4U swept to power, seizing control of the council from the Conservatives.