WISBECH: Man, 43, to stand trial for alleged possession of 62,000 child porn images

A WISBECH man charged with possessing more than 62,000 photographs of child pornography, including pictures of youngsters involved in extreme sexual practices, has been committed to stand trial at Cambridge Crown Court. Richard Cragg, 43, of Magazine Clos

A WISBECH man charged with possessing more than 62,000 photographs of child pornography, including pictures of youngsters involved in extreme sexual practices, has been committed to stand trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

Richard Cragg, 43, of Magazine Close, faces 10 charges of making an indecent photograph of a child, on various dates between September 2005 and January 2008.

Five more charges relate to the possession of indecent photographs, which have been graded according to the Copine scale, developed by Cork University in Ireland. According to that scale, level one images are considered mild, level four photographs depict penetrative sex, and level five indicates extreme practices.

Cragg is charged with possessing a total of 62,379 indecent photos in Wisbech between September 2005 and January 2008.


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It is alleged that 60,635 photographs were at level one; another 1,249 photos were level two; 150 pictures were graded at level three; 324 photographs were level four; and 21 photographs were graded at level five.

Cragg is due to appear at the Cambridge court for a preliminary hearing on August 8, and his conditional bail by extended by Fenland magistrates today.

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