Patrick Rock Arrested on child porn charges – Rock drew up child abuse guidelines for British Internet filters

British Prime Minister David Cameron outside 10 Downing Street in central London, on February 27, 2014 (AFP/File, Carl Court)

London — A senior aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned after being arrested on suspicion of child pornography offences, Downing Street confirmed Monday.

Patrick Rock, 62, was arrested by officers from the National Crime Agency last month.

“On the evening of February 12, Downing Street was first made aware of a potential offence relating to child abuse imagery,” said a Downing Street spokesman.

“It was immediately referred to the National Crime Agency.

Patrick Rock

Patrick Rock Photo: Steve Back

“Patrick Rock was arrested at his home in the early hours of February 13, a few hours after Downing Street had reported the matter.

“The Prime Minister was immediately informed and kept updated throughout,” he added.

“This is an ongoing investigation so it would not be appropriate to comment further, but the Prime Minister believes that child abuse imagery is abhorrent and that anyone involved with it should be properly dealt with under the law”.

Rock, who helped draw up guidelines on internet porn filters, was an adviser to the Conservative party for 30 years.

A friend of Cameron told the Daily Mail, which uncovered the arrest, that the prime minister was “extremely shocked”.

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“Downing Street confirmed Rock was one of the advisers involved in the Government’s policy on internet filters to protect against child abuse images online.

Google and Microsoft agreed in November to introduce changes that will prevent such images from being listed in results for more than 100,000 searches.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “Patrick Rock was one of a number of   advisers and officials involved in dealing with this issue but the work was led by somebody else, and decisions were taken by ministers.”

An NCA spokeswoman declined to comment, stating it did not name suspects on   arrest.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/10674757/Cameron-aide-Patrick-Rock-arrested-over-allegations-relating-to-child-porn.html

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