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Gay Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan found guilty of sexually assaulting teen boy

Emily Chudy April 11, 2022
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Gay Tory MP found guilty of sexually assaulting 15-year-old boy

Imran Ahmad Khan, who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy (UK Parliament)

Gay Conservative MP Imran Ahmad Khan has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy at house in Staffordshire in 2008.

Southwark Crown Court heard that Khan, 48, forced the teenager to drink alcohol, dragged him upstairs and asked him to watch pornography, before assaulting him, the BBC reported.

The complainant, now aged 29 and who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the attack left him “scared, vulnerable, numb, shocked and surprised”.

Khan, who represents Wakefield, denied allegations of sexual assault and claimed he only touched the teenager’s elbow after a conversation about his sexuality.

But the jury in Southwark also heard how Khan touched the boy’s feet and legs before coming within a “hair’s breadth” of his genitals as he tried to sleep in a bunkbed.

Khan was found guilty by a jury after five hours of deliberations. He has been suspended by the Conservative Party and judge Justice Baker will sentence him at a later date.

The victim said he contacted the Conservative Party back in 2019 to tell them of the historic assault after finding out Imran Ahmad Khan would be standing in the general election. He then contacted the police after Khan was elected as an MP.

At the time of the assault, the police were allegedly called, but the complainant did not want to pursue the case.

The BBC reported that, in evidence, the man victim described how Khan began “slow caressing” him and continued despite being asked to stop.

He added: “His breathing was getting quite heavy and I kept pushing his hand away and pushing it back and it would keep coming.”

Another witness described being sexually assaulted at a party in Pakistan in 2010, alleging that he woke up to find Khan performing a sex act on him.

Imran Ahmad Khan was named the UK’s first out gay Muslim MP in 2019 after it was reported he had applied to use the LGBT+ Conservatives Candidates’ Fund during his election campaign.

However, he denied he was gay and that the fund had been made in his name “in error”.

It was only during his sexual assault trial that he admitted he was in fact gay, The Guardian reported.

If Khan is handed a prison sentence of 12 months or more he will immediately be removed as an MP, triggering a by-election in Wakefield.

Meanwhile, the Labour Party have called for his resignation, with a spokesperson saying: “Imran Ahmad Khan should immediately resign so a by-election can take place and the people of Wakefield can get the representation they deserve.”

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