Former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has been launched from jail after serving half his sentence for sexually assaulting two girls.
The ex-Dover MP was jailed for 2 years in September 2020 after he was discovered responsible of three counts of sexual assault following a month-long trial.
The Ministry of Justice confirmed on Thursday he had been freed on Tuesday.
It’s understood the 50-year-old former lawyer was serving the ultimate a part of his sentence at HMP Leyhill in Gloucestershire.
Six months in the past, Elphicke misplaced an attraction towards his jail time period after his attorneys argued the sentence was too lengthy and will have been suspended.
He was described by the sentencing choose as a “sexual predator” who used his “success and respectability as a canopy” and advised a “pack of lies”.
His trial heard how he requested one in every of his victims about intercourse and bondage, then kissed and groped her breast earlier than chasing her round his house saying: “I am a naughty Tory.”
Following his attraction, his spouse of 25-years Natalie Elphicke, who break up from him after his conviction, divorced him.
She was voted in as his substitute in 2019 after he stood down, and following the case, she was one in every of 5 Conservatives who have been discovered to have breached the code of conduct over an “egregious” try and affect the authorized proceedings.
Mrs Elphicke, Sir Roger Gale and Theresa Villiers have been suspended from the Home of Commons for a day.
The three MPs, together with Bob Stewart and Adam Holloway, had written to senior judiciary members elevating issues a extra junior choose was contemplating publishing character references supplied for Mr Elphicke through the trial.
Elphicke was a authorities whip underneath David Cameron and returned to the backbenches when Theresa Might turned prime minister in 2016.
He had the celebration whip suspended in 2017 after the sexual assault allegations first emerged and it was controversially reinstated a yr later as Mrs Might confronted a confidence vote.
When the Crown Prosecution Service introduced it was charging Elphicke, the whip was eliminated once more.