A Metropolitan Police detective from Plymouth working in a child abuse investigation unit has admitted sexually touching a young girl more than 10 years ago.
Detective Constable Christopher Maitland pleaded guilty at London’s Southwark Crown Court to two counts of sexually touching a child under the age of 13 on or around June 6 2005.
The 40-year-old, who works in the Metropolitan Police’s sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, is currently suspended from duty.
Maitland, of Widey View, in Hartley, was originally arrested in November on suspicion of possession and distribution of indecent images of children and then re-arrested in March on suspicion of sexual touching after the offences were discovered to have been captured on film.
He will be sentenced for a total of 14 sexual offences on May 13 at Southwark Crown Court, Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said.
Remanding him in custody and ordering a pre-sentence report, the judge said: “The sexual assault was one in which the complainant was unaware. She appears to be unaware of it.
“However, the material on the computer was pretty gruesome so unusually I can’t give an indication I am afraid – all options are open.”