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Child abuse detective admits sexually touching a girl

A detective working in a child abuse investigation unit has admitted sexually touching a young girl.

Det Con Christopher Maitland, 40, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexually touching a child under the age of 13 in 2005.

He had previously admitted 12 charges of taking and making indecent images of a child.

He works in the Met's sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command and is currently suspended from duty.

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It is alleged the officer had 818 indecent images and videos, ranging from the most serious category A to the lowest category C.

'Gruesome'

Maitland, of Widey View, Plymouth, was originally arrested in November 2015 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.

Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith sitting at Southwark Crown Court said all sentencing options remain open and ordered a pre-sentence report.

"The sexual assault was one in which the complainant was unaware," he said.

He added: "However, the material on the computer was pretty gruesome so unusually I can't give an indication I am afraid - all options are open."

He will sentenced on 13 May.

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