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Patrick Rock charged

27/06/2014

On the authority of the CPS, the National Crime Agency has today charged Patrick Rock, 63, a former Whitehall adviser, with three offences of making indecent images of children and one offence of possession of 59 indecent images of children. He has been bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday 3 July 2014.

The charges are:

  • Three counts of making an indecent photograph of a child contrary to section 1(a) of the Protection of Children Act 1978, between 31 July 2013 and 31 August 2013
  • One count of possession of indecent photographs of children contrary to Section 160 Criminal Justice Act 1988, between 31 July 2013 and 31 August 2013

It is alleged that the images meet the definition of Level C, as assessed by NCA CEOP officers and CPS lawyers.

Judith Reed, a senior lawyer with the CPS Organised Crime Division, said: "The decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.

"May I remind all concerned that Mr Rock has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

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Notes to Editors

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