Two retired Metropolitan Cops have been charged with little one intercourse offenses in an investigation right into a serving Met Chief Inspector who was discovered lifeless earlier than he is also charged.
In a press release, the Met stated the fees adopted a ‘lengthy and sophisticated’ investigation into Richard Watkinson, 49, who was the Met’s Chief Inspector for Neighborhood Policing on the Space Command Unit west.
He was discovered lifeless in Buckinghamshire on Thursday January 12, the identical day he was resulting from publish bail to be charged with conspiracy to distribute or present indecent photographs of kids, three counts of taking indecent images of a kid, voyeurism and two counts. misconduct within the public service.
The Crown Prosecution Service had licensed fees towards him.
Watkinson’s loss of life is being handled as unexplained however not suspicious and an inquest has been opened and adjourned.
Officers met found that Watkinson’s physique attended the deal with following welfare issues.
Jack Addis, 63, of no fastened deal with however from Perthshire, Scotland, and Jeremy Laxton, 62, from Lincolnshire, will seem at Westminster Magistrates’ Courtroom on Thursday February 9.
Addis was charged with conspiracy to distribute or present indecent photographs of kids. He was arrested in November 2021.
Laxton was charged with conspiracy to distribute or present indecent photographs of kids, three counts of taking indecent images of a kid, possession of prohibited photographs of a kid, possession of utmost pornographic photographs and intentional encouragement or help of an offense (misconduct in public workplace). He was arrested in September 2021.
They each left the drive over a decade in the past.
The alleged offenses came about between January 1, 2018 and September 20, 2021.
Commander Jon Savell stated: ‘Chief Inspector Watkinson was going through extraordinarily critical and regarding fees, following a cautious and thorough police investigation.
“Earlier than this matter got here to mild, we had no prior details about these allegations or to point that the officer posed a danger to the general public.
“He had not confronted another legal or conduct issues throughout his profession on the Met.
“He had been suspended from his duties since his arrest.
“Two different males had been additionally arrested throughout the investigation and have been charged, their instances will now progress by means of the courts.”