Former head of police watchdog chief charged with raping schoolgirl

The former director general of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has been charged with the rape of a young girl.

Michael Lockwood, the former head of the Police Watchdog, has also been charged with several other sexual offences against a girl who was under the age of 16.

The 64-year-old has been charged with six counts of indecent assault and three offences of rape, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Lockwood stepped down from his role at IOPC in December when it was revealed that he was being investigated by police over historical allegations.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between October 1985 and March 1986.

He is due to appear before magistrates in Hull on June 28.

According to the Echo, Rosemary Ainslie, head of the special crime division at the CPS, said: "After carefully considering all of the evidence provided to us by Humberside Police, we have authorised charges against Michael Lockwood, 64, for nine offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956.

"Mr Lockwood has been charged with six counts of indecent assault and three offences of rape against a girl under the age of 16, alleged to have been committed during the 1980s.

"The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Lockwood are active and that he has the right to a fair trial."

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