A former Tory MP is set to be released from prison after serving only half of his sentence for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.
Imran Ahmed Khan, 48, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty in May of last year.
According to the Times, the former Wakefield MP could be released on probation as soon as today.
The court heard during the trial that Khan forced the boy to drink gin at a party in 2008 before taking him upstairs, pushing him onto a bed, and asking him to watch pornography before the attack.
A photo of him leaving jail this morning showed him with long hair and a beard after serving nine months of his sentence.
Since the trial, Khan has appealed against his sentence and conviction, but both were upheld as he maintains his innocence.
Judge Jeremy Baker, sentencing said he displayed a “significant degree of brutality”.
He added: ““The only regret you feel is towards yourself for having found yourself in the predicament you face as a result of your actions some 14 years ago.
“Although it may well be over the years you had let yourself believe you had got away with having committed this offence, I am sure you were aware from the outset there was a risk there would be a day of reckoning.”
The victim told the court he was “scared, vulnerable, numb, shocked and surprised” after the incident but did not want to make a formal complaint.
Only in 2019 when Khan ran in the General Election did the victim say the memories “came flooding back”.
Khan, who is gay, claimed denied the charge claiming he only touched the teenager’s elbow when he “became extremely upset” during a conversation about his confused sexuality.
Khan’s conviction triggered a by-election in the Wakefield district which was won by Labour’s Simon Lightwood in June.