"Detectives are investigating Tory grandee Kenneth Clarke over an allegation that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy, Exaro can reveal."
"The investigation by South Yorkshire Police into the former Conservative cabinet minister was raised during a preliminary hearing at the Old Bailey in the case against Ben Fellows, who was cleared on Thursday of attempting to pervert the course of justice by falsely claiming that Clarke had indecently assaulted him."
"But the jury in the Fellows trial was not told about the other historical allegation against Clarke because the judge, Mr Justice Peregrine Simon, ruled that it would take too long for police to investigate it..."
"The Fellows case could not be adjourned indefinitely, he ruled, because there was no timeframe on when the police investigation into the other case would be completed. "It could be years," he said..."
"Clarke told the Old Bailey that the allegation by Fellows against him was "preposterous", adding, "I have neer had the compulsion to grope a man."..
"Exaro saw off a previous attempt to bar reporting of Clarke`s named in the Fellows case."
"The trial against Fellows started as scheduled, nearly a fortnight ago. Fellows was cleared of a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice after claiming to the Met that Clarke "groped" him while working undercover in 1994 for ITV`s `The Cook Report`. Fellows was 19 at the time, but said that he was posing as a 15-year-old, and that the assault was filmed by a covert camera."
Richmond told the court that the officer in charge, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Settle, pressured Fellows into making a statement."
"Settle was saying do not worry, it is not going to have much effect. But it led my client into the dock of the Old Bailey," Richmond said."
So the jury found the accused `not guilty` of attempting to pervert the course of justice and were unaware of another man`s allegation that as a 14 year old he had been sexually assaulted by Kenneth Clarke.
Note that Exaro`s David Hencke was adamant in an earlier article that Kenneth Clarke had been falsely accused.