The deputy leader of Rotherham Council, Jahangir Akhtar, has stepped down while police investigation claims made in the Times newspaper.
Coun Akhtar has stepped down “temporarily as deputy leader of the Rotherham Council and as vice-chairman of the police and crime panel.”
It is alleged Coun Akhtar knew of a relationship between a suspected child abuser and a girl in care.
The woman, now in her 20s, told the newspaper she started a relationship with a convicted violent offender when she was just 14.
The man is believed to have been part of a child abuse ring, and is thought to have made her pregnant on two occasions.
Coun Akhtar is alleged to be related to the offender and to have know about the relationship, allegations he denies.
Coun Akhtar said: ““I am standing down temporarily as deputy leader of the Rotherham Council and as vice-chairman of the police and crime panel as a matter of courtesy to those agencies to resolve any enquiry as quickly as possible.”
A spokesman for Rotherham Council said: “The council has referred the allegations made in the Times newspaper relating to Coun Akhtar to South Yorkshire Police to consider if any criminal offence has been committed and to undertake any appropriate criminal investigation.”
South Yorkshire Police confirmed an investigation had been launched, but would not comment until completion.