Sex case cop to face court

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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.

Charged

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.