A FORMER police officer who allegedly had a relationship with a woman at the centre of a rape inquiry has been charged with two offences of misconduct.
Former Det Con John Cragg quit his post with Blackpool’s specialist sexual offences team after claims he had started a relationship with a woman during the investigation.
Cragg is now facing two charges of misconduct in a public office.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) made the decision to charge him yesterday.
The 41-year-old has been bailed to appear before Wirral Magistrates Court later this month.
Cragg – who worked with Blackpool’s Aquamarine team dealing with rape and sexual cases – resigned from his job in November 2010 and was arrested a month later.
He is alleged to have committed the offences between August 2009 and November 2010.
A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police confirmed: “Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service a 41-year-old man has today been charged with two counts of misconduct in a public office.
“John Cragg, of Formby, in Liverpool, has been bailed to appear before Wirral magistrates on Wednesday, March 23.”
The CPS has since begun a review of all the cases Mr Cragg was involved in, looking at the impact of his resignation on them.