Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy
Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy at a house in Staffordshire in 2008.
Khan had previously told the court he was trying to be ‘kind’ and ‘helpful’ when discussing sexuality with the boy, who he said appeared ‘troubled’.
The politician, who was elected as the MP for Wakefield in West Yorkshire in 2019, denied sexually assaulting the teenager in a bunkbed at a house in Staffordshire in January 2008.
He said he had been engaged in a ‘philosophical’ discussion about sexuality with the boy during the course of the evening, but rejected any suggestion it was sexual.
Imran Ahmad Khan, 48, said he was trying to be ‘kind’ and ‘helpful’ when discussing sexuality with the boy, who he said appeared ‘troubled’.
Mr Khan, 48, forced the boy to drink gin at a party 14 years ago before dragging him upstairs, pushing him onto a bed and asking him to watch pornography.
The victim, now 29, told a jury he was left feeling “scared, vulnerable, numb, shocked and surprised” after Mr Khan touched his feet and legs, coming within “a hair’s breadth” of his privates, as he went to sleep in a top bunkbed.
The victim informed his parents of the attack and a police report was made at the time, but no further action was taken because the youngster did not want to make a formal complaint.
However, he told the court that “it all came flooding back” when he learned that Mr Khan would be standing in the General Election in December 2019.
The victim claimed he “wasn’t taken very seriously” when he made the allegation to the Conservative Party press office just days before the election, which saw Boris Johnson win a large majority.
A by-election is now expected in Mr Khan’s Wakefield seat in West Yorkshire, which he has held since 2019.