A Glasgow councillor has been sacked from several council positions over inappropriate comments about a nine-year-old girl who said she was raped.
Councillor William O’Rourke is said to have asked if the child “wanted it to happen” during a disciplinary panel into the sacking of a care worker.
He has now been sacked from Strathclyde Police Authority, the personnel appeals committee and two other boards.
Councillor O’Rourke, 72, has also been suspended from the Labour Party.
It is understood his comments were made during a recent personnel appeals committee, which he was chairing.
A former care assistant was appealing against dismissal after being accused of raping the child.
The former employee was never charged and continues to deny the allegations.
Councillor O’Rourke’s comments to the personnel appeals committee were disgraceful”
A female police officer, who investigated the case, gave evidence before the personnel appeals committee last month.
She is believed to have made a complaint against Councillor O’Rourke over comments he made about the case.
It is understood that Councillor O’Rourke asked if force was used during the alleged rape and when she told him it was not, he is alleged to have asked: “So she wanted it to happen?”
Councillor O’Rourke is then alleged to have made other comments about the girl which prompted the complaint.
Council leader Gordon Matheson said: “Councillor O’Rourke’s behaviour falls way short of the standard I and the public expect of Glasgow councillors.
“Councillor O’Rourke’s comments to the personnel appeals committee were disgraceful. We are elected by the public to protect the vulnerable people of our city.
“Councillor O’Rourke not only failed in his duty to do this but he also made highly offensive and inappropriate statements about a vulnerable young person.
“Councillors are by law the corporate parents of those in our care. It is the single most important responsibility we hold and I will ensure that every member of this council lives up to that responsibility.”
Councillor O’Rourke has been removed from Strathclyde Police Authority, the personnel appeals committee and the boards of council-owned companies City Parking and Glasgow City Markets.
He has also been suspended by the Labour Party pending Standards Commission and party investigations.
According to Labour 25, The Police Woman made report of what Labour Party paedophile protector Councillor William O’Rouke was saying and all hell broke loose. Another Labour Councillor Johann Lamont who made her comments on a rape case from a Councillor from another party, kept silent on her own party on this bigger Paedophile issue, as the whole sex crime episode had just gone full circle and bit her on the arse.
Labour Party paedophile protector William O’Rouke then added that because the childs mother was a prostitute, it meant that the child also knew what she was doing.. his words were ”she is not a typical innocent 9 year old girl.” Then he added.. ” she was older sexually than here age” and he explained that it was not bad for a child of a prostute mother and poor background to see that it was not a crime to ‘have’ a child of her background.
This is disgracefull behaviour. If you are in the Labour Party you are Either a Paedophile or a Paedophile protector… and that means if you speak out aloud to protect paedophiles like William O’Rouke did… or you stay silent like Labour Party Councillors Johann Lamont, Jim Scanlon & Jim Todd..
Shame on all Four of you !