Pardon found guilty of child sex charges

Frank Pardon. (File image)

Noosa councillor Frank James Pardon has been found guilty in the Maroochydore District Court of 10 child sexual assault charges relating to acts committed against a 14 year old girl during the 1990s.

The trial began on Tuesday 3 December, with the jury having retired to consider its verdict on Tuesday afternoon of this week.

The guilty verdict was returned today, Wednesday 11 December. Pardon had entered pleas of not guilty to the charges.

He was remanded in custody following the verdict and is due to be sentenced this Friday 13 December.

Pardon has been a Noosa councillor for 13 years including four years as Deputy Mayor.

The 70 year old was today found guilty of 10 of the 11 charges he faced.

Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington is expected to make a statement this afternoon in relation to the verdict and what it means for Pardon’s position as a councillor.

More to come.

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