Saturday 25 November 2017

UK deputy speaker quits after sex charges

John Fahey London

THE Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Nigel Evans has resigned after he was charged with sex offences against seven men

The 55-year-old Conservative MP is accused of two counts of indecent assault, five counts of sexual assault and one rape count.

Mr Evans, who represents the Ribble Valley constituency in Lancashire, will appear before magistrates in Preston on September 18.

The director of public prosecutions for England and Wales Kier Starmer said: "Following an investigation by Lancashire police, the Crown Prosecution Service has received a file of evidence in the case of Mr Nigel Evans MP which concerns allegations of a sexual nature.

"After careful consideration, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to prosecute Mr Evans.

"Lancashire Constabulary has therefore been authorised to charge two counts of indecent assault, five counts of sexual assault and one count of rape relating to a total of seven alleged victims.

The indecent assaults are alleged to have been committed between January 1, 2002, and January 1, 2004; the sexual assaults between January, 1 2009, and April 1, 2013, and the rape between March 29, 2013, and April 1.

Mr Evans, from Pendleton in Lancashire, was rearrested and interviewed by detectives throughout the day before being charged last night.

The Swansea-born politician, who was previously arrested in May and June, had arrived earlier at Preston police station in a silver Jaguar XF driven by his solicitor.

He smiled and said: "Thanks for coming" to members of the press who had gathered outside.

He dismissed the original allegations against him as "completely false", and said they had been made by two people he had "regarded as friends".

Irish Independent

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