A FORMER leader of Hampshire County Council has been stripped of his CBE after he was jailed for nine months for sexually assaulting two teenage boys more than 30 years ago.

Disgraced Freddie Emery-Wallis, 74, was awarded his CBE two years ago but has now been stripped of the honour and told to return his ceremonial ribbon.

An ex-Tory council leader of 19 years and former Lord Mayor, Emery-Wallis was convicted by a jury at Portsmouth Crown Court in June on five counts of indecently assaulting boys between 1968 and 1974.

Jurors were told that the assaults happened when the victims, who were aged 14 and 15 at the time of the offences, worked as paperboys for Emery-Wallis at his Portsmouth newsagents.

But last year one of the victims, now in his 40s, invited Emery-Wallis to his home and taped a conversation in which the former councillor admitted sexually assaulting him when he was a boy.

After the tape was handed to police a second victim came forward and Emery-Wallis was arrested and charged with the offences, which he denied.

Emery-Wallis, of Craneswater Park, Portsmouth, stepped down as leader of the county council in September last year to fight the allegations.

He served just 18 weeks of his sentence but was ordered to sign on to the sex offenders' register after his release.

Emery-Wallis also had his title of Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire taken away from him after the revelations came to court.