Patrick Rock, 58, pictured at Southwark Crown Court, denies a further 18 charges of making an indecent photograph of a child [Image: Warren Allott for The Telegraph].

Patrick Rock, 58, pictured at Southwark Crown Court, denies a further 18 charges of making an indecent photograph of a child [Image: Warren Allott for The Telegraph].

The jury at Southwark Crown Court is still considering its verdict on 13 further charges, having found Rock guilty of five and innocent of two at the time of writing.

The images are classed as ‘level C’, which means they are of under-aged people alone.

Mystery still surrounds the fate of 42 other images, for which Rock was originally charged but not tried.

This Writer welcomes a comment by Vox Political reader ‘loobitzh’, that puts the issue of whether an image is indecent into context:

“For me the fact that the girls were not naked is irrelevant, as is the level of perceived indecency.

“It’s the fact that these young girls have probably been groomed and/or exploited to pose for them that’s more the point.

“That’s sexual abuse in itself, and to have this man download these images of underage children is not excusable on the grounds of them resembling Britney Spears-type images.

“I can’t remember how old Britney was in the photos mentioned, but if she were underage, then she was likely also groomed and exploited by paedophiles.

“I hope this kind of defense doesn’t set some kind of precedent!

“Just occurred to me that this story could be some form of propaganda designed to alter public perception, opinion of such abuse etc….”

A former aide to Prime Minister David Cameron has been found guilty of five counts of  making indecent photographs of children.

Earlier Patrick Rock, 65, was cleared on two counts of downloading pictures of scantily-clad under-age girls.

A jury at Southwark Crown Court in London are still deliberating on 13 charges. Rock has denied all the charges of making an indecent photograph of a child.

Source: Patrick Rock, ex-David Cameron aide, guilty of five counts of making indecent photographs of children

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