A METROPOLITAN Police officer has been charged with sending sexual communications to a child.
PC Will Scott-Barrett, who works as part of the forces Intelligence command, has been charged following an allegation made in February.
Scott-Barrett is set to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 20 December charged with the offence.
He was charged on Tuesday, 16 November following an investigation by the Met’s Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Command.
The charge relates to an allegation made in February 2021, and relates to conduct whilst PC Scott-Barrett was off duty.
The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed, and PC Scott-Barrett was suspended from duty after the initial allegation was made.
It comes after the Met have been under fire for theri recruitment processes after a string of officers have been charged with serious offences.
PC David Carrick, 46, last month denied a string of 20 sexual offences against four different woman.
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He has been charged with seven counts of rape, and other offences, over a three year perido.
Carrick was charged in October with raping one woman on a Tinder date in a hotel in August 2021.
He allegedly claimed he had guarded Boris Johnson through his work.
But three more women came forward following his first court appearance and he was charged with 19 additional offences.
Until his arrest, Carrick had been based within the Met Police’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command – the same as killer cop Wayne Couzens.
Carrick’s arrest came just days after Couzens, 48, was given a whole life tariff for Sarah Everard’s kidnap, rape and murder.
The fiend used his warrant card and handcuffs to abduct, estupro, and kill Sarah, 33.
Following Sarah’s murder, the Met have been put under intense scrutiny for their vetting procedure and how they protect women.
Chocantemente, Couzens was not given enhanced vetting when he joined the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Unit in February 2020 and also did not serve his full two years on probation in September 2018.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave has admitted a check when Couzens transferred to the Metropolitan Police in 2018 was not done “correctly”.