St Helens’ former mayor John Beirne has appeared in the dock at Liverpool Crown Court today over allegations of historic sex offences.
Mr Beirne, 55, of Parr, denied all the offences and will face a trial next summer.
Mr Beirne served as a Liberal Democrat councillor for over 25 years, standing for parliament three times.
However, he left the Liberal Democrats after they went into coalition with the Conservatives in 2010.
He is accused of seven counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 14, two counts of assault on a boy under the age of 16 and five counts of gross indecency with a boy under the age of 16.
The offences are said to have taken place in the mid 1970s when Mr Beirne himself was a teenager.
It is alleged that he sexually abused four boys aged between six and 12 between May 1975 and February 1980.
The Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Clement Goldstone, QC further remanded him on bail to await his trial, estimated to last six days, beginning on June 5.