Former Falkirk MP Eric Joyce charged with child sex offence
Former Falkirk MP and ex-army officer Eric Joyce appeared in court yesterday facing a child sex offence charge.
Mr Joyce (59), the Labour MP for Falkirk between 2000 and 2012, stands accused of making an indecent photograph of a child.
He was released on unconditional bail and is scheduled to appear at Ipswich Crown Court for pre-trial on July 7.
Police stated Mr Joyce, who now lives in Worlingworth, Suffolk, was arrested in November 2018.
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The charge against him alleges, between August 7, 2013 and November 6, 2018, he made an indecent photograph of a child.
Prosecutors said the file, found on a device, was a movie file classed as a Category A image.
On his website, Mr Joyce stated: “The matter of my charge, will be dealt with in the first instance on July 7 at Ipswich Crown Court at 10am. I will make no comment from now until all legal processes are at a close.
“At that point, I will make a full statement."
Mr Joyce left the Labour Party to serve as an independent MP for Falkirk in 2012 and stepped down before the 2015 general election.