British deputy speaker quits in wake of rape charge
LONDON, England (AFP) - A deputy speaker in Britain's lower house of parliament quit on Tuesday after the public prosecutor announced that he will be charged with offences including rape and sexual assault.
Nigel Evans, 55, a lawmaker in Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party, was initially arrested in May on suspicion of committing rape and sexual assaults between 2009 and March this year.
He was re-arrested in June over a further three counts of indecent assault, some dating back to 2002, and will now appear in court on Sept 18.
"After careful consideration, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to prosecute Mr Evans," the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement.