Ex-aide to PM in court over images

Hampshire Chronicle: Patrick Rock, a former special advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron, arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court Patrick Rock, a former special advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron, arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court

A former Downing Street aide to David Cameron has appeared in court in connection with making and possessing indecent images of children.

Patrick Rock, a one-time adviser to the Prime Minister, spoke only to confirm his name and address when he answered bail at Westminster Magistrates Court.

Prosecutor Ruona Igvyovwe said Rock, of Fulham in south west London, has been charged with three counts of making indecent photographs of children, and one count of possessing indecent images of children.

The charges relate to more than 60 images, all described as category C - the lowest on the scale.

Miss Igvyovwe said the charges related to alleged offending in the United States, where Rock had been living and working until recently.

Rock, 63, wore a dark suit, blue shirt and dark tie during the 25-minute hearing.

District judge John Zani granted Rock, who has no previous convictions, conditional bail. He will appear at Southwark Crown Court on July 17.

Rock made no comment as he left court and got into a taxi.

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