‘Naughty Tory’ Charlie Elphicke walks free from jail after serving half his two-year jail term for sexually assaulting two women
- Charlie Elphicke, 50, was released from Leyhill open prison in Stroud on Tuesday
- He was jailed last year after being found guilty of three counts of sexual assault
- Ex-Dover MP’s wife, Natalie, took over constituency from her husband in 2019
- Father-of-two had lost a Court of Appeal challenge against his sentence in March
Charlie Elphicke has walked free from jail after serving half of his two-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting two women nearly a decade apart.
The 50-year-old was discharged from Leyhill open prison in Stroud, Gloucestershire, on Tuesday, reports The Sun.
He was jailed in September last year after being found guilty of three counts of sexual assault following a month-long trial at Southwark Crown Court.
The ex-Dover MP’s wife, Natalie, who took over the constituency from her husband in 2019, ended their 25-year marriage upon his conviction.
But she offered her support ahead of Elphicke’s Court of Appeal challenge against his two-year jail term, which he lost in March.
The father-of-two won his early release after his wife, who said she was divorcing him when he was found guilty, agreed he could return to their family home.
Charlie Elphicke (pictured arriving at Southwark Crown Court with Natalie in July last year), 50, was discharged from Leyhill open prison in Stroud, Gloucestershire, on Tuesday
During his trial last year, Southwark Crown Court heard how he called himself a ‘naughty Tory’ as he groped his first victim – a woman known as A who was then in her 30s, and chased her around his family home in 2007 after they shared a bottle of wine.
In 2016, he groped a second woman – known as B – twice in one month when he was MP for Dover.
The court heard how the first sex assault took place after he invited a woman to have a drink with him while his children were asleep and his wife was away on work.
The woman said Elphicke asked her about bondage sex he before kissed her, shoved his hand up her skirt to grope her, and then chased her around the house.
The second victim accused him of kissing her and groping her when the pair met for a drink in Westminster in 2016. But he continued to pester her before molesting her again during a car journey in what was branded a ‘campaign of harassment’ by a judge.
In September last year, a Southwark Crown Court judge jailed Elphicke and ordered to pay £35,000 in court costs within 12 months.
The father-of-two (pictured outside Southwark Crown Court ahead of his sentencing) was jailed in September last year after being found guilty of three counts of sexual assault following a month-long trial
Lady Justice Carr rejected Elphicke’s appeal bid and said the Crown Court judge was entitled to impose the sentence she did (file photo of the Court of Appeal)
Elphicke said in a statement at the time that he would appeal against the conviction – but in March only appealed the sentence – adding he was ‘innocent of any criminal wrongdoing’.
Lady Justice Carr rejected Elphicke’s appeal bid and said the Crown Court judge was entitled to impose the sentence she did.
Elphicke became a government whip under David Cameron’s premiership in 2015 and returned to the back benches when Theresa May came to power the following year.
He had the party whip suspended in 2017 when allegations of sexual assault first emerged, but it was controversially reinstated a year later for a crucial confidence vote in then-prime minister Mrs May.
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