Ex-Met officers admit plot to share child sexual abuse images with senior officer | UK news

Two retired Metropolitan law enforcement officials have admitted a three-year plot to share youngster sexual abuse photos with a serving Met chief inspector, who was discovered lifeless earlier than he was charged.

Jack Addis, 63, and Jeremy Laxton, 62, pleaded responsible at Southwark crown courtroom in London on Thursday to a cost of conspiring with Richard Watkinson, 49, to distribute or present indecent photos of youngsters.

Police stated the pictures and movies had been shared by way of exhausting drives that the boys would submit to one another and conceal in hid areas of their properties.

Watkinson, a serving Met chief inspector for neighbourhood policing on the west space command unit, was discovered lifeless at his residence in Buckinghamshire on 12 January.

He had been suspended from obligation after his arrest in July 2021 and on 12 January was on account of reply bail to be charged with the conspiracy, in addition to three counts of creating indecent pictures of a kid, voyeurism and two counts of misconduct in public workplace.

His loss of life is being handled as unexplained however not suspicious by Thames Valley police, which is getting ready a report for the coroner after an inquest was opened and adjourned.

Based on the cost, the three males conspired to “distribute or present indecent photos of youngsters to one another” between 1 January 2018 and 10 July 2021.

Laxton, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, additionally pleaded responsible to 3 counts of creating indecent photos of a kid, possession of a prohibited picture, possessing an excessive pornographic picture and possession of hashish on or earlier than 20 September 2021.

He additional admitted a cost of deliberately encouraging or helping the fee of the offence of misconduct in a public workplace between 1 December 2019 and 1 Might 2021.

The courtroom heard Laxton has beforehand pleaded responsible to comparable offences and was awaiting sentencing at Lincoln crown courtroom, whereas Addis, from Perthshire, is in jail in Scotland.

Addis appeared in courtroom by video hyperlink from HMP Dumfries the place he’s serving an 18-month sentence for 3 counts of voyeurism and possessing indecent images of a kid.

The choose, Tony Baumgartner, adjourned sentencing, which will probably be carried out by a excessive courtroom choose on a date to be fastened.

Baumgartner granted Laxton conditional bail forward of the subsequent listening to on 23 June.

PA Media contributed to this report