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Sex pest former Tory MP Charlie Elphicke found guilty of sexual assaults

FORMER Tory MP Charlie Elphicke could spend time in prison after being found guilty today of sexually assaulting two women.

A jury at Southwark crown court unanimously returned the guilty verdicts for all three counts of sexual assault. 

One count involved a woman in her early 30s at Mr Elphicke’s home in 2007, and two counts involved a parliamentary worker in her early 20s on two occasions in 2016. He had denied all the charges.

Mr Elphicke’s trial heard that he had lunged at the woman in her 30s on the first night his wife was away after the birth of their son.

He forced his victim on to a sofa and groped her while trying to kiss her, before chasing her and chanting: “I’m a naughty Tory,” the court also heard.

In 2016 he twice sexually assaulted the parliamentary worker, first attempting to kiss and grope her. She told the court: “It was like a disgusting, slobbery mess.” In the second assault several weeks later, he touched her inappropriately.

He will be sentenced on September 15. Ms Justice Whipple said that he could possibly get an immediate prison sentence as “all options remain very much on the table.”

The Crown Prosecution Service said that Mr Elphicke had “abused his power and influence over these women to make unwanted and forceful sexual advances towards them.”

Metropolitan Police detective sergeant Michael McInerney, who gave evidence in the trial, said: “Elphicke was persistent in his sexual advances and showed a lack of self-restraint and regard for the women, whose emotional wellbeing and professional lives were affected by what happened.”

Mr Elphicke was succeeded as MP for Dover after nine years by his wife Natalie Elphicke in the 2019 General Election.

She wrote in a tweet that the guilty verdict had ended their 25-year-long marriage.

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