Newport City Council has said it has no powers to disqualify a councillor who admitted soliciting a sex worker.
The BBC has reported that Independent councillor Chris Evans pleaded guilty to having last May solicited a sex worker.
In a statement the council said: “Newport City Council was unaware that Cllr Evans intended to plead guilty. It will now consider its position following further discussions with Cllr Evans.
“However, the council has no powers to disqualify him from his role as a city councillor.”
A police officer who was chasing a wanted man through an Asda car park at the time recognised Cllr Evans with the sex worker in a car.
Magistrates heard from Cllr Evans’ representative: “He did not go through with it and no money ever changed hands. He accepts a provision was made for an arrangement of sexual services. The officer recognised him. Had he not been a well-known face, he would not have been here today.”
Cllr Evans was conditionally discharged for 12 months and ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £22 victim surcharge.