Rotherham ex-mayor denies sex assault on girl, 13
Coun Barry Dodson, 67, who denies the offence against a 13-year-old child, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday.
He took up his role last June but stood down three weeks after taking office when the claim was made.
He will go on trial in Sheffield in August when the case is expected to last four days.
At a short hearing yesterday, Dodson, of Cranworth Road, East Dene, Rotherham, entered a not guilty plea.
He was granted conditional bail.
He has been a councillor in Rotherham since 2000.