Sep 10 2013
House of Commons Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans will be charged with a series of sex offences against seven men, the director of public prosecutions said.
Keir Starmer, QC, said the 55-year-old Tory MP is accused of two counts of indecent assault, five counts of sexual assault and one rape count.
Evans, who represents the Ribble Valley constituency in Lancashire, will appear before magistrates in Preston on September 18.
Mr 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 decision in this case was taken by Joanne Cunliffe, an experienced specialist rape prosecutor, in consultation with John Dilworth, Head of the CPS North West Complex Casework Unit and in consultation with an external and highly experienced criminal QC.
"I have also been consulted on this case. The decision has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and the CPS legal guidance on rape and sexual offences.
"Mr Evans will appear before Preston Magistrates' Court on 18 September 2013."