"I will find it difficult to leave them alone with strangers."
Ex-MP Imran Ahmad Khan has been jailed for 18 months after he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy.
He was convicted in April 2022 at Southwark Crown Court and was subsequently expelled from the Conservative party.
Khan later resigned from the Commons, triggering a by-election in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
The offence took place on January 8, 2008, in the victim’s bedroom while Khan was a guest staying the night in the family’s home after a party.
The family had placed their trust in Khan after guests had been led to believe he was “some form of foreign royalty”.
Khan was permitted to share a bedroom with the teenager and his younger brother, where he tried to persuade the boy to drink a gin and tonic by pushing it into his mouth and invited him to watch pornography on his laptop.
When the boy refused and climbed into his bunk bed, Khan reached up to feel around his legs and groin area “despite the complainant repeatedly moving his body away”.
The boy ran to his parent’s bedroom, where his mother recalled that he was “shaking” and his father said “he was inconsolable”.
The younger brother said the boy “was crying in a manner he had never cried before”.
In an impact statement, the victim said the incident had an impact on his life, from finding it difficult to be touched during his teenage years to the toll the trial had taken on his mental health, including suicidal thoughts.
He said it had put his relationship “under intense strain” and that he had turned down work due to stress, which meant his “businesses [were] floundering”.
He said: “I worry when I have my own children I will find it difficult to leave them alone with strangers.”
Gudrun Young QC, defending, argued that Khan had already been punished by the high profile nature of the case, which had left his life and reputation “in ruins”, calling for a suspended sentence.
This was rejected by the judge.
Ms Young said: “The prospect of him committing further offences is vanishingly small.
“There is no sentence this court can impose, whether days, weeks or years, which can come close to how he’s already been punished and will continue for the rest of his life.
“He can never escape this, he will always be known as a disgraced former MP.”
Mr Justice Baker told Khan: “I do not accept you have remorse, rather the only regret you feel is towards yourself for having found yourself in the predicament you face as a result of your actions.”
The judge noted the value of Khan’s work, testimonies that he was a “man of positive good character”, and that he had “lost much of the status you built up”. He acknowledged that he may not have known the complainant’s age, and accounted for Khan’s ill health and the fact he is a registered carer for his elderly mother.
Imran Ahmad Khan was jailed for 18 months.