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.
The former Labour peer, who left the party in 2013, will stand trial in two weeks’ time on March 19.
He is one of three men facing linked criminal charges following an investigation by South Yorkshire Police.
Mohamed Farouq, 68, is charged with four counts of indecent assault.
While Mohammed Tariq, 63, is charged with two counts of indecent assault.
Married father-of-three Lord Ahmed joined Labour at 18 and became Rotherham’s first Asian councillor and youngest magistrate.
He was appointed to the House of Lords on the recommendation of then-Prime Minister Tony Blair, in 1998.
But in 2013 he resigned from Labour after he made claims that Jewish-owned media organisations were to blame for his 2009 conviction for dangerous driving.