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U.K. Porn Filter Adviser Arrested For Possessing Images Of Child Sexual Abuse

| by Jonathan Wolfe

A senior advisor who helped craft  the U.K.’s proposed internet pornography filters has been arrested on allegations that he possesses images depicting child sexual abuse. 

The adviser is Patrick Rock, 62. Prime Minister David Cameron brought Rock to Downing Street in 2011. Rock has been involved with the country’s conservative party for over 30 years.

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Over the past three years, Rock has been involved in a number of home policy issues, the most notable of which is the conservative party’s push to restrict access to internet pornography.

Rock resigned yesterday after being questioned by police about his alleged possession of images showing children being sexually abused.

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“The Prime Minister was immediately informed and kept updated throughout,” a Downing Street spokesman said. “Patrick Rock was arrested at his home in the early hours of February 13, a few hours after Downing Street had reported the matter. Subsequently, we arranged for officers to come into No 10 and have access to all IT systems and offices they considered relevant. 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.”

Sources: Independent, Boing Boing