Nathan Brett Bale, 31, resigned from Cornwall Council about three months ago citing ill health reasons.
Married Bale, of Penfound Gardens, Bude, attended Bodmin Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to ten counts of making indecent photographs of children.
The charges he admits relate to between April 2003 to June 2011 and range from level one to level four on a scale of severity – level five is the most serious. Following the brief hearing, Bale was released on unconditional bail to return to Bodmin Magistrates on December 7.
Bale had served as shadow spokesman for adult care for the Liberal Democrat group on the council.
Until recently, he held the Bude North and Stratton seat for the Liberal Democrats for three years.
He took the seat in the June 2009 election securing 72 per cent of the vote – the largest on the council.
Before the new unitary authority came into force in April 2009 Bale was a councillor on North Cornwall District Council.
At the time of Bale’s resignation, councillor Jeremy Rowe, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the council, said he was very sorry he had stepped down.
He said: “He was a dedicated councillor who was very proud to represent his home town of Bude both on North Cornwall and Cornwall Council.”
Last night a spokesman for Cornwall Council confirmed Bale had appeared in court charged with the offences