A peer has been charged with two counts of attempted rape and one count of indecent assault.
Lord Nazir Ahmed, 61, is accused of attacks on two children under the age of 13 in Rotherham during the 1970s, the Times reports. It is believed he was aged between 14 and 17 at the time.
Two other men were also charged yesterday as part of the same investigation, with Mohamed Farouq, 68, of Worrygoose Lane, Whiston, Rotherham, accused of four counts of indecent assault and Mohammed Tariq, 63, of Gerard Road, Broom, Rotherham, accused of two counts of indecent assault.
The three men are due to appear at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, March 19.
Lord Ahmed was born in Pakistan and moved to the UK in 1969 with his family to join his father who was working in steel factories in Rotherham.
He joined the Labour Party in 1975 aged 18 and became a councillor in Rotherham in 1990.
In 1998 he became one of the first Muslim peers when he was appointed to the House of Lords by then-Prime Minister Tony Blair.