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MP convicted of sexual offence against boy

|News, Sexual offences

An MP has been convicted of committing a sexual offence on a boy in 2008.

A jury trying Imran Ahmad Khan MP, 48, at Southwark Crown Court have today found him guilty of a sexual assault.

The assault took place in January 2008 when Khan was 34 years old and prior to him becoming an MP. Khan tried to force the 15-year-old to drink alcohol before sexually assaulting him in a house in Staffordshire. The boy immediately told his parents about the sexual assault.

A report was made to Staffordshire Police at the time, but the victim decided he did not want to proceed. When he saw that that Khan had been elected as the Member of Parliament for Wakefield he decided to pursue the complaint as he was concerned that Khan was not fit to be in public office given what he had done.

Rosemary Ainslie, Head of CPS Special Crime Division, said: “Imran Ahmad Khan MP has been convicted today for the sexual assault of a boy in 2008. It took considerable courage for the victim to come forward in 2008 and again in 2019.

“As is the case with many victims of sexual assault, out of a sense of embarrassment, the victim was not initially able to disclose all the details of what had happened. In subsequent interviews with the police he was able to tell investigators more about what had taken place and I am pleased that the jury have accepted the victim’s compelling evidence about the offence committed by Khan.

“We continue to urge all victims of sexual assault to come forward so justice can be served.”

Notes to editors

  • Imran Ahmad Khan has been found guilty of sexual assault, contrary to section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
  • The CPS Special Crime Division deals with the most complex and sensitive cases in England and Wales including disasters, serious criminal allegations against police officers, corporate manslaughter and election offences.

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