UK MP charged with sexual assault
London, July 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A member of the United Kingdom parliament from the ruling Conservative party, MP Charlie Elphicke has been charged with three counts of sexual assault relating to two women, prosecutors have said.
The MP for Dover and Deal is alleged to have committed the first offence in 2007 against one complainant and two further offences against a second complaint in 2016, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.
He will appear at Westminster magistrates court on 6 September.
Elphicke was suspended from the Conservative party after allegations made against him were referred to the police.
But on 12 December last year, the MP had the Conservative whip reinstated ahead of a confidence vote in Theresa May.
A CPS spokesperson said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has today charged Charles Elphicke, MP for Dover, with three charges of sexual assault against two women.
“The CPS made the decision to charge Mr Elphicke after reviewing a file of evidence from the Metropolitan police.
“The CPS reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Elphicke are now active and that he has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.” UK Guardian