Former Tory MP Charlie Elphicke guilty of sexually assaulting two women

Charlie Elphicke and his supporters celebrate their victory at Dover Town Hall in 2010

Charlie Elphicke and his supporters celebrate their victory at Dover Town Hall in 2010

Former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has been found guilty of three counts of sexual assault - with the judge warning he faces the "very real possibility" of jail time.

Charlie Elphicke, the former MP for Dover, revealed during the trial at Southwark Crown Court in London that he had wanted an affair with one of his victims - a United Kingdom parliamentary worker - but he had denied committing any offences. He told her "I'm so naughty sometimes" and confided he was unhappy in his marriage. "She was really lovely and I lost my head over her", he said.

In 2016 he twice sexually assaulted a parliamentary worker aged in her 20s, first attempting to kiss the woman and grope her breast.

He asked the woman in her thirties about bondage before chasing her in an episode that she later told police was like "a sketch from The Benny Hill Show".

Natalie Dawson, specialist prosecutor for the Crown Prosecuction Service, said in a statement: "Charles Elphicke abused his power and influence over these women to make unwanted and forceful sexual advances towards them".

He said he was accompanied to court each day by his wife, who won election to his seat after he stood down as candidate ahead of the 2019 general election.

Charlie Elphicke, left, pictured with Boris Johnson, centre, during the Tory leadership campaign in 2019.

However, he told jurors he had to come clean about his "emotional attachment" to the parliamentary worker when legally qualified Mrs Elphicke pored over the case files during lockdown and accused him of having an affair with the woman more than 20 years his junior.

She told jurors that she had rejected his advances and that Elphicke said he had "not been happy for years" in his marriage.

She never gave evidence in his trial and did not sit in the courtroom as her husband took to the witness box, instead sitting in a quiet side room. She also can not be identified for legal reasons.

However, jurors decided Elphicke was guilty of sexual offences, not infidelity, against two women.

But former premier Theresa May controversially restored him to Conservative ranks when she was facing the threat of a no-confidence vote in parliament over Brexit in December 2018. It was removed again later.

She said witness testimonies from the complainants were "almost identical" to each other, despite being from two women who did not know each other.

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