Lawmaker Charged With Sexual Assault On Two Women

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Charlie Elphicke, a member of the parliament in the United Kingdom, has been charged with three counts of sexual assault against two women, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Elphicke, 48, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 6.

In a statement on Monday, the Crown Prosecution Service said it had brought charges against the MP, after reviewing a file of evidence from the Metropolitan police.

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The charges are said to relate to one alleged sexual assault against a woman in 2007, and two separate alleged sexual assaults against a second woman in 2016.

A spokesperson for the CPS 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”.

Elphicke, who is representing Dover, was suspended from the party in November 2017 over the sexual assault allegations.

But he was later restored to his position in December last year, prior to a confidence vote in Theresa May.

His constituency association chairman, Keith Single, said in a statement:

“Throughout the last 20 months since these allegations were first made, Charlie has had our full support. That support will continue. Basic British values require that everyone remains innocent until proven otherwise.

Unfortunately, as everyone knows, there have been many recent occasions when, in dealing with matters of this type, the Metropolitan Police and the CPS have pursued allegations which have been proven in court to be entirely untrue.

“We have no doubt that this will be another one of them and Charlie will be fully exonerated.”



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