Police Officer charged with sexual offences against children
District Crown Prosecutor Damion Lloyd of CPS Mersey-Cheshire said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Lee Cunliffe, 40, with 11 offences.
"The CPS made the decision to charge Mr Cunliffe, a serving Detective Constable with Greater Manchester Police, after reviewing a file of evidence from Greater Manchester Police.
"The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Cunliffe are now active and that he 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."
The charges are:
1 x Possess indecent photographs/ pseudo photographs of a child.
3 x Make an indecent photographs/ pseudo photographs of a child.
2 x Commit an act with intent to pervert the course of justice.
2 x Holder of a public office wilfully neglected to do his duty/ wilfully misconducted himself
1 x Attempt to arrange/ facilitate the commission of a child sex offence.
1 x Attempt to cause/ incite the sexual exploitation of a child
The offences are alleged to have taken place between January 2020 and September 2020.
Notes to editors
- Lee Cunliffe will appear before Manchester Magistrates' Court on court on 26 October 2021.
- The decision to charge has been made in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
- 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 the criminal court to consider.
- The CPS assessment of any case is not in any sense a finding of, or implication of, any guilt or criminal conduct. It is not a finding of fact, which can only be made by a court, but rather an assessment of what it might be possible to prove to a court, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
- This assessment is based on the evidence available arising out of the police investigation and not on the evidence that is likely to be gathered by the defence, and likely to be used to test the prosecution evidence. The CPS charging decision is therefore necessarily an assessment on the basis of the evidence that is available to the CPS at the time the decision is made.
- CPS prosecutors must also keep every case under review, so that they take account of any change in circumstances that occurs as the case develops, including what becomes known of the defence case. If appropriate, the CPS may change the charges or stop a case.