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CPS authorises further charges against former police officer for child sexual offences

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The CPS has authorised further charges against former police officer Lewis Anthony Edwards in relation to 54 child sexual offences.

Lucy Dowdall, a Specialist Prosecutor for the CPS said: “The CPS has authorised further charges in relation to Lewis Anthony Edwards.

“The charges relate to child sexual abuse, including inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, making a child watch a sex act, demanding indecent images of children, and making indecent images of children.

“Criminal proceedings against Mr Edwards are now active and he has the right to a fair trial.

“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in anyway prejudice these proceedings.

“The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent, and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for a criminal court to consider.”

Mr Edwards has been remanded in custody and will appear at Cardiff Crown Court.

Notes to editors

  • Lewis Anthony Edwards (DOB: 15.10.1999) is charged with 25 counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity (penetrative and non-penetrative), six counts of making child watch a sex act, 14 counts of an unwarranted demand of indecent images of children with menaces, and nine counts of making indecent images of children (category A, B, and C).
  • The date for his next court appearance is yet to be set.
  • He previously pleaded guilty to 106 offences relating to child sexual offences on 26 May 2023.
  • Lucy Dowdall is a Specialist Prosecutor for CPS Serious Economic, Organised Crime and International Directorate (SEOCID).

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