MP charged with three sexual assaults

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A CPS spokesperson said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has today (Monday 22 July) 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.”

Further information:

  • The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings are now active and that Mr Elphicke 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.
  • The decision to charge has been made in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
  • It is not the function of the CPS to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for the criminal court to consider.
  • The CPS assessment of any case is not in any sense a finding of, or implication of, any guilt or criminal conduct.  It is not a finding of fact, which can only be made by a court, but rather an assessment of what it might be possible to prove to a court, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
  • This assessment is based on the evidence available arising out of the police investigation and not on the evidence that is likely to be gathered by the defence, and likely to be used to test the prosecution evidence. The CPS charging decision is therefore necessarily an assessment on the basis of the evidence that is available to the CPS at the time the decision is made.
  • CPS prosecutors must also keep every case under review, so that they take account of any change in circumstances that occurs as the case develops, including what becomes known of the defence case. If appropriate, the CPS may change the charges or stop a case.

Notes to editors

  • Charles Elphicke will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 6 September
  • The charges are:
  1. One count of sexual assault in 2007 contrary to Section 3 Sexual Offences Act 2003. (complainant 1)
  2. One count of sexual assault in 2016 contrary to Section 3 Sexual Offences Act 2003. (complainant 2)
  3. One count of sexual assault in 2016 contrary to Section 3 Sexual Offences Act 2003. (complainant 2)

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