Former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke could face jail after being found guilty of three counts of sexual assault against two women.
The three-and-a-half-week trial at Southwark Crown Court ended today when the jury dismissed the 49-year-old’s claims that his accusers were lying.
The first offence took place in 2007 when Elphicke invited a woman in her early thirties to his London home.
The victim said he asked her about bondage and sex, then kissed her and groped her breast before chasing her around his home chanting “I’m a naughty Tory.”
The second complainant, a parliamentary worker in her early 20s, said Elphicke also tried to kiss her and then groped her when they met for a drink in Westminster in April 2016.
He then told her: “I’m so naughty sometimes.”
The victim said: “He had his mouth open, continually trying to kiss me. It was like a disgusting, slobbery mess.”
She said despite spurning Elphicke’s sexual advances, he assaulted her again the following month when he ran his hand up her thigh towards her groin.
Elphicke, a former lawyer, admitted lying to police, his wife and party bosses when the allegations were first put to him.
He said he kissed the first complainant but said he initially felt it was something they both wanted and told jurors he was “besotted” with the second complainant, but denied assaulting her.
Judge Mrs Justice Whipple released Elphicke on bail to be sentenced in September but warned: “There is a very real possibility he faces immediate custody.”
Elphicke was Dover MP between 2010 and 2019 when he was succeeded by his wife Natalie Elphicke, who tweeted today: “Today’s verdict is one that brings profound sorrow. It ends my 25-year marriage to the only man I have ever loved.”
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