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Nigel Evans vows to demonstrate innocence after sex offence charges

Nigel Evans has vowed to demonstrate his innocence after being charged with eight sexual offences.

After answering bail today, Evans was charged with two counts of indecent assault, five counts of sexual assault and one count of rape relating to a total of seven alleged victims dating between 2002 and 2013.

Nigel Evans has denied the charges. Credit: PA Wire

Speaking outside the police station, Evans, 55, said: "I have today answered bail following complaints I said were incredulous.

"Whilst I'm saddened this case has not been closed today, I am certain of two things: firstly that I am innocent; and secondly, that my innocence will be demonstrated."

The 55-year-old earlier resigned from his role as Deputy Speaker Credit: PA Wire

The MP for Ribbie Valley resigned as the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons in the wake of the charges, but insisted he would continue to "work hard" as an MP from the backbenches for his constituency.

The indecent assaults are alleged to have been committed between January 1 2002 and January 1 2004; the sexual assaults between January 1 2009 and April 1 2013, and the rape between March 29 2013 and April 1.

Nigel Evans was charged with a string of sexual offences. Credit: PA Wire

The Crown Prosecution Service said there was "sufficient evidence" and that it was is in the "public interest to charge Mr Evans with a number of sexual offences.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, 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.

Mr Evans is due to appear before Preston Magistrates' Court on the 18 September.

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