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Plymouth scout leader faces new child porn charges

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: September 12, 2009

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A PLYMOUTH scout leader accused of making hundreds of indecent photographs of boys has appeared in court to face a string of new child pornography charges.

John McMurdo, aged 35, faced Plymouth Magistrates' Court to hear five more charges of making indecent pictures of children.

He was earlier charged with six offences of making indecent photographs of youngsters between April 2004 and this August. Those charges related to 1,885 images of children which have allegedly been found.

McMurdo, of Lipson Road, has now been charged with five similar offences between April 5 and August 9 this year.

He also faces a second accusation that he failed to disclose a computer password or encryption key to the police on September 2.

McMurdo was earlier charged with a similar offence between August 6 and August 8.

He has entered 'no plea' to all 13 of the charges, though formal pleas will only be entered at crown court.

McMurdo, wearing a white polo shirt, spoke only to enter his pleas and confirm his details.

District judge Nigel Hodkinson ruled that the new charges should join the earlier accusations in being heard at the senior court.

McMurdo was remanded in custody until September 18 when he will appear before magistrates from prison on the videolink.

Police said after the first hearing that the charges did not relate to children who were under McMurdo's care.

Officers have been reassuring parents of boys from the 9th/21st Scout group, based at St Matthias Church on North Hill, and the 11th Peverell group.

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